In the summer Alan Pardew will be looking at his three goalkeepers, and picking which of the two young goalkeepers, Tim Krul and Fraser Forster, he will keep on Tyneside with veteran Steve Harper.
Tim Krul – has been terrific these last two games
And we had thought that battle would principally be who would be the back-up to Steve Harper, who we expected to remain Newcastle number one goalkeeper.
But two man of the Match performances by Tim Krul in the last two games have changed our minds just a little bit, and this Dutch goalkeeper now has a good chance to become the Newcastle number one, as early as next season.
Of course both Steve Harper and Fraser Forster may have something to say about that, and we really haven’t seen Fraser too much this season, and probably need to watch more of the Celtic games to see how he’s playing.
There are four games to go before the end of the season, and Newcastle have now dropped to 10th place after Stoke beat Wolves at home 3-0 last night, and move above Newcastle by a single point into 9th place.
More top performances from Tim through the end of the season, and Pardew will need to take a good hard look at this lad this summer, because he’s been superb and Newcastle’s best player in the last two games. In fact but for him we would have suffered two defeats.
This is what Tim said today:
“I need to take my chances,” “In the first half of the season I thought I did really well but of course the gaffer dropped me. I think that made me really strong. Opportunities don’t come very often, so when they do you have to take them. I hope I’ve done enough.”
“At the moment I’m not looking at the summer, I’m looking at the near-future and nights like Manchester United are really important,” said Krul. “That shows I’m there. I’m here to be number one. I’ve been here now for six years working hard. Harps has been really important because he’s told me how difficult it is to be patient.”
“He said, ‘I’m 36, your chance will come.’ I’ve been working hard and he’s been there for me every day with goalkeeping coach) Andy Woodman.”
“It is difficult,” “But the gaffer pushed me to play in the reserves. In the last couple of months I’ve played three or four reserve matches just to get you going. Match practice is different to training.”
“I played the previous week against Blackburn reserves, so when I came in against Manchester United I knew I was ready.” “Playing against (Edwin) van der Sar was one of those you dream of, he’s my idol, so to play against him in front of 52,000 it’s a night to remember.”
“The first save is the thing you hope for because it puts all the nerves behind you. Once you do that, all the nerves are gone.”
When Steve Harper is fit again, we would expect him to be on the bench if Krul continues his current great form, and then get ready for a massive fight in the summer to continue as Newcastle number one next season.
And Fraser Forster has gained massive experience these last two season out on loan at Norwich and Celtic, and has played 84 first team games over the last couple of seasons.
Fraser will want to prove something this summer too, so there’s a massive fight brewing in pre-season for the right to be Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper next season.
For the record, Tim Krul now has 30 appearances for Newcastle, and 21 of those have come this season.
Sounds good to us.