Goalkeeper Fraser Forster has made it clear to everybody who will listen, that after two season of first team football at Norwich City and Celtic, he has no thoughts of sitting on the bench anytime soon.
Fraser Forster – enjoys playing at Celtic
That seems a veiled communication to Newcastle manager Alan Pardew that his plan to choose between Fraser Forster and Tim Krul as to which one will be Steve Harper’s backup at Newcastle next season, and to sell the other goalkeeper in the summer, might now work.
Well not if Fraser is not the one who is sold.
It seems that if indeed Alan wants Fraser to stay at Newcastle next season, and back up Harper, that’s not exactly what the Hexham-born goalkeeper sees as his future.
Forster has made 30 Celtic appearances this season and 76 first team appearances over the last two seasons, when he was at Norwich and briefly at Bristol Rovers, and to be fair to Fraser, it would be very difficult for him to now go and sit on the bench somewhere.
He’s good enough to play first team football at either Norwich or Celtic, or a bunch of other clubs for that matter, and like any honest player he just wants to play every weekend – and you cannot find much fault with that.
Fraser gained promotion to the Championship last season with Norwich City, who wanted him to stay at Norwich for this season in the Championship, and the Canaries are handily positioned in second place behind QPR.
And with Celtic top of the Scottish Premier League, Fraser could collect even more trophies this season north of the border, and probably will.
The Scottish Premier League is hardly one of the top leagues in Europe, but if you play for Rangers or Celtic you get into the European Champions League every season, so you always have European Football, and that’s a draw to players.
This is what the 6’7″ Newcastle goalkeeper told the Scottish Sun:
“I just want to be out playing first-team football week in, week out.” “I’ll just have to put in good performances and work hard at training and see where it takes me.”
“Celtic’s a fantastic club, but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. I’m still Newcastle’s player so let’s wait until the summer and find what it brings.”
“Neil Lennon’s been brilliant for me and I’ll always be grateful for that. He’s a top manager and I want to do well for him.”
If Alan is serious when he says he wants to unload one of our young goalkeepers, it seems odds-on it will be Fraser, and to Celtic too.
But Fraser is also very professional, and knows the decision is not exactly in his own hands completely, but we think he’s already made it clear that he wants to play regularly, and would be unhappy at being Steve’s backup next season, and not playing much.
The only way that could change is if Fraser becomes the Newcastle number one in the summer, and that has to be a long shot, with Steve Harper so safe and experienced in the Newcastle goal, over the last couple of seasons.
What do you think?