Tim Krul To Continue In Goal For Rest Of The Season?

With Steve Harper having a small operation on his knee, Tim Krul will get more chances through the end of the season, following his excellent game against Manchester United on Tuesday evening, when he managed a clean sheet against the mighty Red Devils.

Tim Krul’s magnificent save in 2nd minute from Hernandez

It was Tim’s first league game this year, although he did play in the FA Cup 3rd round loss at Stevenage in early January.

Tim looked very good, and saved Newcastle twice in the first 20 minutes with two first-class saves, and his overall game looked very good, and Tim gave an assured performance in the Newcastle goal when under considerable pressure.

We don’t know how long Harper will be out,  but the league finishes four weeks on Sunday, and it could well be that Steve will be out for the rest of the season, and that Tim Krul will get a big chance to impress manager Alan Pardew over the last 5 games.

This is what Alan Pardew said today:

“It’s a big chance for Tim,” “I keep getting linked with goalies but I’m not going to bring one in this summer – not a senior one anyway.

“Steve, Tim and Fraser Forster are all going to be vying for that jersey and Tim’s got an early opportunity to stake his claim. He did a good job in the first game.”

“It’s fair to say we’ll be cautious with Steve when we’re bringing him back.”

Of course in the summer there will be an almighty struggle between Harper, Krul and Fraser Forster, who has been out on loan at Celtic all season,  to see which two of the goalkeepers will stay on Tyneside.

The other one will be shipped out on loan, but neither Krul or Forster will be sold, since Tim and Fraser are the future two goalkeepers at Newcastle when Steve retires.

While we assume Steve Harper will remain number one next season, anything could happen, and both of our 23 year-old goalkeepers are improving all the time, and it will be good to see Fraser Forster play in Newcastle colors again.

Hexham-born Forster has now played 90 times in first team games while on loan at Stockport, Bristol Rovers, Norwich and Celtic, and Tim Krul has 64 first team appearances, with 29 of those being for Newcastle and the others while out on loan at Falkirk and Carlisle.

Alan Pardew will keep Steve Harper and one of his young  goalkeepers at Newcastle next season, and send the other one out on loan, and we think that Harper and Krul will still be the two Newcastle goalkeepers next season.

One reason for that is that Fraser Forster wants to keep playing, and he will not want to sit on the Newcastle bench backing up Steve Harper.

We think the 6’7″ tall goalkeeper would only want to stay at Newcastle next season, if he can become the Newcastle number one goalkeeper in the summer, and that’s always possible.

Newcastle are very strong at the goalkeeper position, and news reports yesterday that Newcastle are after another senior goalkeeper are just not true, as Alan Pardew has again said today.

The Newcastle manager has his work cut out choosing between the three he already has at the club.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • hainesy

    Apr 22, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #1

    I hope it is Krul tbh

  • ytz

    Apr 22, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #2

    What a great time to test our youths. We must give them a chance. Just look at Everton and Liverpool, how their youth come into play when the so many first team players are out.

  • davybtoon

    Apr 22, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #3

    lets not assume harps is no 1 next season its time to move on n play krul n forster, u kno ppl moan were gonna lose krul or forster well if u keep harps in goal for another 2 seasons we will lose both of them

  • hainesy

    Apr 22, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Still no word on Routledge….

  • geoff777

    Apr 22, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #5

    Pardew has already said all three will report to pre-season training and that the No1 spot is up for grabs.

    Good incentive for all three to work like hell during the US tour.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 22, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #6

    dont want any new goal keepers must try to bring in a right back to compete against simpson a top class forward a good winger/stricker then its all settled AND must get rid of smith campbell and must send guthre in loan

  • G

    Apr 22, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #7

    I thought TK was excellent against Manyoo. Earlier in the season I didn’t think he was ready, and his lack of composure showed. Against Manyoo though, none of this was present, he looked composed, controlled and confident. He needs to improve his distribution a little, but other than that, he has as much chance as SH of wearing Number 1 next season.

  • davybtoon

    Apr 22, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #8

    i expect james taveriner to step up n challenge simpson for right back next season

  • MonsterMagnet

    Apr 22, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #9

    Harps has not had a lot of luck with injuries over the past two seasons. I’m wondering if age is affecting recovery time. If Krul plays the final five games, he will have played 20 league games this season – two more than Harper. Of course Harps is no. 1 and he deserves to be. He is a genuine Newcastle legend – his patience, loyalty and skill ought to be rewarded by the club, and his place in the XI is justified. However, Krul is really challenging him, and nobody’s place is guaranteed. No sportsman wouldn’t want anything other than a fair scrap for a place in the team, and it’s starting to look like a very even contest. I’d back Harps to be no. 1 next season, but for that to be his last as first choice. Krul is not so much knocking on, but beating down the manager’s door with his form, consistency and (touch wood) ability to keep fit.

  • gorskino10

    Apr 22, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #10

    Why not? tbh i was thinking it would be hard for Pardew to drop Krul and would be interesting if he plays people by Seniority or Match Proformances, Krul did amazingly well in that game we need a keeper with more agility which was lacking when we played Villa, Stoke etc..


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