Goalkeepers these days can easily play until they are 40 years old, and to an extent that makes it a little harder for younger goalkeepers to come through while they are still comparatively young.
Tim Krul – top Reserve team goalkeeper at Newcastle
The Dutch keeper was in the gossip press several weeks ago that he would leave Newcastle, and that could have been linked with Alan Pardew’s criticism of Krul’s kicking during the FA Cup disaster at Stevenage in early January.
Pardew’s comment was that you expect better of players at a club like Newcastle, so that could have fueled the rumors – and probably did. We were really surprised he criticized a Newcastle player in public.
But it appears that Alan is going to judge all three goalkeepers in the summer, with Fraser Forster coming back to Newcastle from another excellent loan spell, this time at Celtic, and Pardew will decide who will be the number one at that time.
This is what Tim Krul told the Evening Chronicle about those quit rumors:
“That talk was rubbish.” “I’m committed to Newcastle and any talk to the contrary is just utter garbage.”
“I enjoyed so much playing in the Premier League, and I just want to play for Newcastle in the top flight.”
“It was amazing playing Chelsea and Liverpool at home, and I’m just looking forward to the next period.”
“The important thing about the reserve games is to put pressure on the manager and show that I’m here.”
“This manager made it really clear that he’ll see who’s going to be the No 1 in the summer.”
“I really think this manager gives you a fair chance, and that’s all you can ask.”
Tim Krul got his big chance this seaosn, and has so far played 19 times this seaosn for the first team, and it’s hard to criticize the performance of the 22 year-old and we all know he will only get better.
It’s a chance Tim had wanted, and he did his prospects on Tyneside no harm at all with his performances, as he gained good experience, and we’d love to think our two young goalkeepers Krul and Forster will both be at the club long term and fight it out for who will be number one.
“This season has been more than I expected.” “Of course, I was disappointed I was out of the team, because I really enjoyed my time in the goal.”
“I thought I did well. It was a great experience, and I can’t wait for the next period in goal.”
And Krul put in another excellent performance for the Reserve side in their excellent 2-1 victory over a top Arsenal Reserve side at St. James’ Park, and that would have been a timely reminder to the Newcastle manager of the great potential of young Krul.
Krul seemed happy with his performance:
“It was good to get 90 minutes – that’s what you want from these kind of games.” “I’m really pleased with how it went.”
“It was perfect timing. I was speaking with my keeper coach Andy Woodman, and I said ‘I need a game’.” “It’s always nice to get a win and make some saves – it couldn’t have been better.”
One thing with Tim Krul is that he’s always said that his one goal in football is to finally become the Newcastle number one, and that’s one reason he’s a big favorite with Newcastle fans.
It’s hard to beat loyalty to the Newcastle club, and we’ll just have to wait and see what happens, but both Tim Krul and Fraser Forster still have plenty of time to make the big break-through on Tyneside.
And that’s especially true when you think they can play until they are 40 years old – at least.