Newcastle Have Real Compeititon For Goalkeeper Position

Alan Pardew will be bringing in quite a few players during the summer, but one of them will not be a goalkeeper.

Fraser Forster – 23 year-old on loan at Celtic

Alan may have to bring in at least two new strikers to cover for the missing Andy Carroll, since both Shola Ameobi and Leon Best seem to pick up too many  injuries.

But 0ne other thing Alan will need to decide in pre-season is just which goalkeeper will be his number one for next season, and which of the two young goalkeepers, Tim Krul and Fraser Forster, will be shipped out on loan.

Hexham-born Fraser Forster has now impressed for the second season in a row out on loan, this time at at Celtic, while Dutch U21 International Tim Krul has played 19 times for the Newcastle first team this season, deputizing for the injured Steve Harper.

Fraser has played 36 times for Celtic this season so far, and now has 89 first team appearances on his loan spells at Stockport County, Bristol Rovers, Norwich City and Celtic, although he has yet to play for the Newcastle first team.

This is what Newcastle manager Pardew said today:

“It will depend on pre-season and how they do then,” “It’s a nice problem to have. It’s one of the few areas where we have real competition for places.”

“Fraser has got experience over the last two years  and Tim hasn’t had quite so much. The question mark is can they dislodge Harps, because he is number one.”

Both young goalkeepers are now 23, and Steve has just turned 36, but it would seem that Steve can play on a few more seasons yet, although he recently said two more seasons and that would be it.

That being the case, surely Pardew will try to hang onto both goalkeepers until that time, although it’s always possible one of them will become the Newcastle number one goalkeeper before Steve finally retires,  but we doubt it.

There are signs Alan Pardew will do just that,  as he made it clear to Celtic that he would not accept a £2M fee for Forster this summer.

Fraser doesn’t want to sit on the bench at Newcastle, so what may happen is Fraser is shipped out on loan again for next season, and maybe he could play for a Championship side, or even in the Premier League – he seems that good.

Maybe the 6’7″ tall Forster could go to a Wigan Athletic or some team like that – if they stay in the Premier League.

But the bottom line is that Alan Pardew needs to keep both young goalkeepers at the Newcastle club, that’s the most important thing for right now.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • daneevz

    Apr 18, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #1

    harps still be my number 1

  • FarAwayGeordie

    Apr 18, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #2

    why not just start forster from the offset of next season, he seems like the real deal .. and send krul out on loan to somewhere in europe or the championship

  • geoff777

    Apr 18, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #3

    Why not sell them all to Liverpool?

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 18, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    i think KRUL must get more play time so he must be sent on loan has foster was and keep foster has our second goal keeper

  • jimiley

    Apr 18, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #5

    I am sure we will keep our keepers. They are average and so will not command much money in the transfer market. Jose, Tiote and Bartons futures are a cause for concern.

  • Stuart

    Apr 18, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #6

    Always a glass half full man you Jimiley eh? lol.

  • jimiley

    Apr 18, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #7

    Good idea about selling our players to Liverpool!!!! They are going in one direction and we are going in the opposite. We are a selling club with no ambition apart from trying to avoid relegation.

  • jimiley

    Apr 18, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #8

    Why would any club with any ambition be looking to offload Jose? And don’t say we are speculating about him going. Its a given.

  • Stuart

    Apr 18, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #9

    You know, you really wouldnt think we’d spent the majority of this season in the top half, in our first season back from the championship.

    What exactly do you want from the club right now? Wait til September to be a miserable bastard. If the club invests significantly (which I think they will) we’ll have a team that can challenge for europe.

    If we dont get significant investment I’ll owe you an apology.

    I still really dont see how we are a selling club though. Any club in the world would’ve took £35m for an uproven striker, and if Jose wants out its best to sell him this summer than lose him for nothing the summer after. How does that make us a selling club?

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 18, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #10

    Jimiley did you have a bad weekend or are you always downbeat on a Monday morning

  • Stuart

    Apr 18, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #11

    We’re not looking to offload Jose Jimiley,

    He has 1 year on his contract and as it stands it looks like he isnt going to sign another 1.

    Would you rather sell him this summer and bring some cash in to replace him or wait til the summer after when he leaves for nothing?

    The club will be doing whatever they can to convince him to stay, I’m sure of that. But at the end of the day, if Jose wants to leave its best to let him.

  • alex84

    Apr 18, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #12

    jeez, i agree i do not think we are a selling club at all, no one new liverpool would pay that much for a unproven striker…no way, if the money gets spent on good players it will be a great bit of buisness.

    jose wants to go let him go, get as much money for him as poss and move on, he aint the only decent lb out there.

  • Stuart

    Apr 18, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #13

    Whats wrong Jimiley? No response to common sense eh?

    I guess you’re just another one of the posters that likes to spew bile and anger, but never actually thinks about what they’re saying.

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 18, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #14

    I can see the Jose situation from both jimiley and stuart’s perspectives. On the one hand we have got to keep our best players which we have never done in the 40 years i have supported the team, hence the reason we never win anything. Stuart does have a point regarding Jose if he wants to leave then there’s nothing we can do to stop him. Personally i don’t think Jose wants to go for more money, he wants the chance to play champions league football and the possibility of winning trophies….we aren’t in the position to offer that because of our financial situation which effectively makes us a selling club.

  • Lee Dodd

    Apr 18, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #15

    I Would Say Send Out Tim Krul Out On Loan next Season to Get Some Experience . He Knows he is wanted at Newcastle . Let Forster Get a Few Games at Newcastle Next Season In the Cup Etc !!!!!Mind You If Steve Harper Chose The One to Cover Him It Would be Tiny Tim !!!!!! We are Going to Have a Cracking Side Next Season If Ashley Opens The Cheque Book for £40 Million That Is !!!!!

  • lee-nufc

    Apr 18, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #16

    Think forster should be given the chance in pre season

  • Sav

    Apr 19, 2011 at 4:22 AM

    Comment #17

    Dalglish will have twice dismantled a decent Newcastle side – once from the inside and once from the outside. Perhaps he’ll phone us all so we can thank him personally.


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