Just exactly who is the better goalkeeper between Tim Krul and Fraser Forster, to back up Steve Harper at Newcastle, is a good question.
Fraser Forster sent off against Rangers in the Scottish FA Cup two weeks ago
Tim has been the back up for the last couple of seasons, since Shay Given left the club just over two years ago, but Alan Pardew made it clear to everybody recently, that he sees Fraser Forster staying at the Tyneside club.
Of the two young goalkeepers at Newcastle, it will be interesting to see which one of them goes out on loan next season, and it may be time soon for Alan Pardew to select which one of the two, he sees as the back-up to Steve,
Steve turns 36 next month, but we still see this man in the Newcastle goal for at least the next two seasons, after this one, so we don’t know if Alan will try to keep both young goalkeepers at the club, and have them fight it out for number one, once Steve hangs up his gloves.
Fraser Forster is out on loan for the second season running, and so far has 28 appearances for Celtic.
This is what Fraser says about his life at Celtic:
“This has been one of the best years of my life, to be honest,” “Newcastle are my club, the team that I supported as a boy, but Celtic are just absolutely massive.”“I don’t think I really realized how big a club it was until I arrived here. And then when I played in my first Old Firm game I probably fully understood what it meant to be Celtic’s goalkeeper.”
“I remember standing at Ibrox in the last league game with 10,000 Celtic fans behind me singing ‘I just can’t get enough’. Those games are seriously special, and even better if you win them – like we did in that one.”
“It is just invaluable experience for a young goalkeeper. If you’re going to go out on loan, you can’t ask for two much bigger clubs than the two I’ve been at recently.”
“Everything I am doing here is giving me experience and helping me to become a better goalkeeper and a more mature person. Playing games was always going to be essential and after what happened at Norwich last year, I didn’t want to go back on the bench – I wanted to push my career forward.”
“And it has been everything I was looking for. I’ve even managed to get a taste for haggis and Irn-Bru, although I probably shouldn’t admit that.”
When you get first team games continually like Forster has had at Norwich and Celtic these last two seasons it’s hard to go back to Newcastle and possibly sit on the bench all season, and it’s hard to see that happening with Fraser in the future.
Fraser was asked what he though of his future at Newcastle and said:
“To be honest I need to look at my next game as a priority, and that next game is for Celtic,”“I will worry about Newcastle when I get back there at the end of the season – that has to be my approach. I’m here until the end of the season and then it will be up to the manager. You can’t worry about it in February, can you?”
“I suppose Newcastle are a bit special in that we’ve got so many great keepers on the books. That competition is brilliant to have because it brings out the best in us and Steve Harper is such a top man for the club.”
“He is a brilliant keeper and is always there with advice when you need it.” “I am intending to come back and see the lads and talk to the manager in the next few weeks and I have spoken to goalkeeper coach Andy Woodman a few times – he’s great and very supportive as well.”
“Obviously Newcastle is my home and I love the city, but Glasgow is an incredible place and I love living here,” he said. “It rains a bit too much but it is fantastic to walk around and see the sights – the West End is very nice.”“There are great restaurants and it is brilliant for shopping too.”
“It is similar to Newcastle because it is a great, lively place that lives for football. You get stopped everywhere you go and with two teams in the same city, the rivalry is just intense.”
With all those accolades about Glasgow Celtic, it would be easy to assume Fraser would be happy enough to sign for the Glasgow giants long term, but that’s not what Alan Pardew wants.
But just how long the Newcastle manager will be able to hang onto Fraser, while there is no number one position for him at the Newcastle club, is a very good question.