Fraser Forster Could Still Have Big Future At Newcastle

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.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • RichK

    Mar 25, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #1

    Would be a mistake to let this lad go, I think he’s a better keeper than Krul long term and if anything just let him go out on loan again until Harps hangs up his gloves!

  • damonmwade

    Mar 25, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #2


    I agree there this lad has great potential i believe he could be as good if not better than Shay Given in his prime

  • Lynxie

    Mar 25, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #3

    So lets look at the alternatives:
    playing in a mickey mouse league every week in front of 30- 32000 fans every week (except when they play Rangers) Note: Celtic do NOT play to full houses, in fact they are as fickle as Boro fans.
    playing inn front of 52000 Geordies every week.
    Just give the lad the belief that he is not wasting his time being here, and have a chance of the jersey., and we will have a top keeper on our hands, he is from Hexham, so where does his heart lie?

  • Visten

    Mar 25, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Foster s better than Krul at this point, playing more games helps.

  • Visten

    Mar 25, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Forster I sould say.

  • Davies

    Mar 25, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #6

    I’d say one is as good as the other for our younger keepers. They seem to have the same faults – Poor distribution, poor command of the defence – If you watch Rangers’ first goal against Celtic you’d wonder what he was doing.

    Both need development and I think the decision as to which will take the number 1 jersey will be made closer to when Harps retires.

    Am I the only one that thinks we might benefit from replacing Harps with another experienced keeper. He looks a bit like Given did before he left. Just doesn’t seem like his heart’s in it anymore and the two younger lads are clearly not ready.

    By the way, if I HAD to pick between the two, I’d pick Krul. He has the EPL experience that everyone seems to think is so vital and he didn’t do too badly when Harps was injuured.

  • rudebhoy

    Mar 25, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #7

    LYNXIE your talking out of your ****

    Newcastle home average 10/11 = 47k
    Celtic home average 10/11 = 48k

    And thats with Newcastle playing the likes of Manu, Liverpool, Chelsea , Arsenal etc etc as well as the derbies. Imagine what celtics attendance would be in that league!

  • craig bell

    Mar 25, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #8

    i live in scotland so iv seen quite a bit of forster and to be honest i reckon we should cash in on him hes not as good as krul. Krul done nothing wrong when harper was injured so i say give him a proper chance nxt season.

  • cupiddstunt

    Mar 25, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Rudebhoy I am assuming from the spelling of your name you understand the religious connotations that exist between the bigot bros now that being said celik have a 60,832 capacity and can’t even max the ground when playing the blue side of town. Considering they are in the top two year in year out they just manage 78.3% of stadium capacity. Pretty pish poor if you ask me, celik are top of their league and can only manage 78.3%.

    NUFC on the other hand have a lot of fans at logger heads with the management and as such are showing that in the attendance figures, but for a club that has just come back up from the fizzy and is in the “ relegation battle zone“ they still manage to get over 90% attendance,

    We were doing better than celiks 78.3% when we were in the fizzy.

    Over the piece looking at home and away figures celik’s makes pretty pish poor reading Frazer must really like the idea of playing in near empty stadia at every away game except blue-pox sorry ibrox.
    This season 10/11
    Away to Hamilton Accies in front of a massive crowd of 5,163 wow that really gets the heart pounding. (The toon take that many travelling fans themselves if we played in the spl every game would be like a home game)
    Away to St Mirren, a crowd of 6,073
    Away to St Johstone a crowd of 6,866. Outside the bigot bros the SPL attendance figures are barely a match for the npower lg.1

    Need I go on?

    To use your stats
    Newcastle home average 10/11 = 47k (struggling to keep away from the relegation battle)
    Celtic home average 10/11 = 48k (top of their league)
    To quote you :- Imagine what celtics attendance would be in that league! yep imaging what the attendance would be when you are not winning every week and the glory hunters vanish back into their holes.

    Imaging how long the queue would be for tickets if NUFC played in that mickey mouse league where they would be in Europe every year???? We would prob have to build another two or three levels onto St James to accommodate them.

  • purdy82

    Mar 26, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #10

    i think krul and forster should be competing to be number 1. i love steve harper but this is one area where we need to think ahead. both are very talented and can only sit on a bench or be a loan player for so long..

  • elpaso_geordie

    Mar 26, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #11

    All i have ever heard this lad talk about is the possibilty of leaving Newcastle Utd. Same as when he was at Norwich on loan , i understand he has had a taste of first team action and wants to play but me being a geordie i would be happy just to go out on loan with the goal of becoming Toon number 1 long term – i dont ever hear this lad mention that.
    In the few Celtic games ive seen him in he hasnt doing anything spectacular mind you nothing really poor either. I sometimes feel he is slow getting down to low shots being 6’7 . Would like him to stay with us but like i said have never heard the lad give any commitment or love for the toon and talks about possibily leaving alot. cya


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