Tim Krul did himself a lot of good on Tuesday night with an excellent display of goalkeeping.
Tim Krul – he’ll be ready for Blackpool tomorrow
And Alan Pardew has wasted no time at all in letting fans know that he thinks very very highly of the 23 year-old Dutch U21 International, and indeed if Tim does show the same form in the next 5 games of the season he could even get a call-up to the full Dutch side.
The Dutch selectors would have seen his performance against the night of Manchester United, and of course are well aware of the young Newcastle goalkeeper who may one day become Edwin van fer Saar’s successor in the Netherlands side.
Steve Harper will be missing for at least a couple of weeks, as he may have to have an operation on his dodgy knee, but it could also be that Alan takes this opportunity to give Tim a late run in the Newcastle first team.
Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I expect Tim to be ready.” “He showed that the other night – he’s more than ready.”
“He’s a goalkeeper of huge talent, and next year Tim, Harps and Fraser will be fighting for that jersey.”
“Tim gets an early chance to throw his hat into the ring.” “He’s shown up well in one game, but Blackpool away is a different agenda.”
We mentioned earlier this morning, that reports linking Newcastle with another senior goalkeeper were just not true, and Alan said this today when asked if he was bringing another goalkeeper to Newcastle:
“Untrue – I don’t intend to bring a keeper in.” “I’ve got nothing more to say on that.”
That will not stop some of the gossip press linking Newcastle with various goalkeepers, and the Daily Mirror is linking Newcastle with Anderlecht Belgium International goalkeeper Silvio Proto, who’s 27.
We wonder if the fact that the story seems completely untrue bothers the Mirror? Probably not.
Tim has so far appeared 29 times for the Newcastle first team, and that number could be 34 by the end of the season, in which he could have played 25 times for the Magpies.