Alan Pardew has said that either Fraser Forster or Tim Krul is likely to leave Newcastle over the summer – and we have to assume he means permanently.
Fraser Forster – does this lad have a future at Newcastle?
Newcastle had been linked in January with being after Coventry goalkeeper, Keiren Westwood, and we wondered why that was the case.
But the Newcastle manager has said today that he will not be bringing a new goalkeeper to the club in the summer.
And it will be a fight out for the two top positions between current number one, Steve Harper and 22 year-old top young goalkeepers Fraser Forster and Tim Krul.
Fraser has been impressive this season as the Celtic number one, and he also had a great time last season at Norwich City, where he was one of their best players.
The man who is ranked number three in the summer will be allowed to leave Newcastle, either on loan or permanently if a decent enough offer is received.
Pardew told the Sunday Sun today:
“In the summer I do not intend to bring a keeper in – our three goalkeepers will be on an even keel probably, with Harps just having the edge because of what he has done this season.”
“Tim and Fraser have to come here in pre-season and be challenging.” “One will have to go out and one needs to threaten Harps or take his position – that is what the club is about.”
“We cannot keep them both at the club, we don’t want to.”
But whichever youngster stays on Tyneside – we assume Steve Harper will not end up as the number three – may have to be content with being number two goalkeeper for a while, because we knew Alan rated Steve Harper before he even became manager at Newcastle last December.
Steve turns 36 tomorrow, but after being number two behind Shay Given for far too long, he now has 188 senior appearances for the Magpies and will want to add to that tally.
Steve has at least three good seasons left at Newcastle, because he’s a player who has taken good care of himself over the years, and shows no signs of his skills declining in any way.
And Alan Pardew thinks he’s worth a few points to Newcastle each season when he added today:
“Harps deserved to win us a point against Everton.” “If Leon Best’s goal had stood I would have said Harps would have won us that point.”“He is the kind of goalkeeper who can save you eight to 10 points a season. That is how good he is.”
“I think sometimes you get a young goalkeeper who can reach right to that top corner and touch it over the crossbar and maybe make a save Harps cannot.
“However, 90%, of a goalkeeper’s work is about being in the right positions, cutting out balls, kicking consistently.” “He comes, makes the right decisions on crosses and shots which should be saved by the keeper he saves.”
The betting would probably be on Fraser Forster leaving and potentially joining Glasgow Celtic permanently in the summer.
But it seems that Alan Pardew still has an open mind, and he will be keen to see just how good the Hexham-born goalkeeper has become this season at Celtic.
It will be interesting watching some of the pre-season games to see how both Tim and Fraser perform, because we didn’t really get a chance to see Fraser last pre-season, since he was injured.
For the record 6’2″ Tim Krul has 63 first class appearances including 28 at Newcastle, and 6’7″ Fraser has 83 first class appearances but still has to play for the Newcastle first team in a competitive game.