Tim Krul will play his 20th game of the season tonight against Manchester United.
Tim Krul – 20th game for Newcastle tonight
And Tim will get another big chance to impress his manager Alan Pardew, and at the same play for the last time against his Dutch idol, Edwin van der Saar, who played 130 times for the Netherlands and has so far played 812 club games in his absolutely outstanding career.
Tim couldn’t ask for a better game to come back into goal for Newcastle, and of course it will be the very last time he can play against the great Edwin van der Saar, who is retiring at the end of this season at 40 years of age, and still looking like a world-class goalkeeper.
What a career this Dutchman has had, and he’s certainly a great role model for young Tim, who of course is also Dutch.
Tim Krul talked to the local Newcastle press corps today:
“You know that even when you’re on the bench you are always just a heartbeat away from the action.” “One minute you can be in the reserves and the next you are out there in a big game.”
“It’s important to be ready and show the manager what I can do.” “I’ve enjoyed playing in the Premier League so much, like playing Chelsea and Liverpool at home.”
“I can’t wait for the next period in the goal.” “A couple of years ago I waited for Edwin in the tunnel and he took me to one side and had a 20-minute chat.”
“He gave me lots of advice and told me to go out on loan which I did.” “It was good advice and it’s great to hear it from your idol.”
Alan Pardew will need to choose between Tim Krul and Fraser Forster in the summer, as to who will be the back-up goalkeeper to Steve Harper, always assuming Steve will continue as the number one goalkeeper at Newcastle next season.
The other lad will be sent out on loan, and that’s likely to be Fraser Forster, because the last thing Fraser wants to do is sit on the bench at Newcastle, after playing 82 games out on loan in the last couple of seasons for Bristol Rovers (4), Norwich City (42) and Glasgow Celtic (36).
Alan Pardew has come out and said th has every faith in Tim Krul’s abilities:
“I’ve got no doubts about Tim – none at all – and the sort of work he’s been doing on the training ground will suit this particular game, because he’s going to get 10 shots at goal.”
“He’s been doing lots of work in and around the goal.” “I think sometimes for a goalie when you come in at home against one of the lesser teams, and you’ve got to concentrate.”
“Your positional play is probably more awkward than a game like Man United, where it’s all action, and you’re in the game all the time.” “It’s a good game to come into.”
Unless the Newcastle players can play the game of their lives tonight, we just cannot see the Magpies winning this game, but it’s still a very important game, because Newcastle are in a bit of a slump right now, only 4 points from the last 5 games, and every point is still precious, and we are still not safe from the drop yet.
We’d be delighted with a draw tonight.