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?