The conventional wisdom would probably be that if Alan Pardew chooses between his two top young goalkeepers this summer, in Tim Krul and Fraser Forster, then Alan would most probably choose Tim to stay on Tyneside – maybe.
Fraser Forster – in training at Celtic
But we all know Fraser Forster is becoming a very good goalkeeper, and has done very well these last two seasons when he’s played in 78 first team games for Bristol Rovers, Norwich and Celtic, so he’s certainly been building up his experience.
Fraser returned from Norwich City after last season, and of course Norwich wanted to have him for another season on loan, but Paul Lambert eventually brought in John Ruddy from Everton last summer.
A similar situation is gearing up for this pre-season, and we’ll just have to wait and see what happens with our two young goalkeepers, including the 6’7″ tall Fraser.
This is what Forster said today about his situation:
“I am in a similar situation as to the one I had at Norwich last summer that I don’t know what is going to be happening to me at the end of the season.”“At the moment, it’s just great playing in front of 60,000 Celtic fans and going to Ibrox and getting abused by Rangers fans. It’s what football is all about.”
“Celtic is a fantastic place to play football and if the opportunity came to stay here permanently then it is one I would definitely think about.”
“But at the moment I am just going to concentrate on the games that we have coming up. It was disappointing to lose the cup final, but hopefully we can win some things this season.”
“It is good that we have got a bit of a break just now after the internationals. It will give us a chance to get our heads together and regroup.”
“Although we were disappointed to lose the cup final, the league remains our top priority and we still have a great chance to win both it and the Scottish Cup.”
It seems that Fraser wouldn’t object too much to joining Celtic, if the Scottish club can manage to do a deal for him with Newcastle, because he’s obviously enjoyed the fanatical support the Celtic club get in Scotland, and of course they are in the European Championship League every season too.
The transfer fee mentioned earlier in the week was £2M, but we’d still like Fraser to stay on Tyneside for at the very least one more season.
It will be just one of the things Alan Pardew needs to do in the summer, as he will have a very busy time of it the transfer window as the Wimbledon-born manager tries to significantly strengthen the small Newcastle squad in the summer.
And it could even be that Alan brings in another goalkeeper this summer, but we’d still be very surprised if Steve Harper isn’t the starting goalkeeper for Newcastle next season, but anything is possible of course.