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.