Newcastle have some top professionals at Newcastle, who are at the club because they want to be.
Steve Harper – consummate professional at Newcastle
Steve Harper had a great relationship with Shay Given, his former team-mate, and it seems he has forged great relationships with his two young competitors for the Newcastle jersey – Tim Krul and Fraser Forster.
And he knows full well that both goalkeepers are getting better all the time and getting closer to himself, and indeed one of them could take over from Steve, even before he hangs up his gloves in say a couple of years time.
Harper is still number one right now, and this is what the Easington-born player had to say about the goalkeeper situation today:
“We’re virtually safe now and I had a chat with the manager last week. Tim Krul has done well in the last couple of games so the manager hinted he would like to take a look at Tim for the last few games,”
“I have no problems with that. He has deserved it. The manager already knows what I can do so it’s a good opportunity for Tim from now until the end of the season.”
“I’m sure Tim will have learned a lot from the spell he had earlier in the season and hopefully we’ll see the benefits of it in these last few games.”
Tim Krul will likely play the last four games for Newcastle, and there are few fans who will be against that, after the excellent displays the Dutchman has given in the last couple of games, against Man United and Blackpool.
In fact Steve has been a great role model for both Newcastle’s young goalkeepers, and we have to think that Steve would be a great goalkeeping coach, or just a general coach in the future, for Newcastle.
Steve Harper has earned a social sciences degree on-line, and he’s also a fully qualified FA approved referee, so whether he plans to take up refereeing after he retires from playing, is a good question.
Steve talked about the young pretenders:.
“They are snapping at my heels and getting closer all the time,” “I know being number one won’t last forever. It’s up to me to retain that position.”
“Every pre-season when I have come back the manager has brought us in as goalkeepers and said ‘We start the season with a clean slate’.” “I’m sure it will the same this season.”
“Fraser has really benefited from what he did at Norwich last season and is doing very well up at Celtic as well,” Tim, as I said, earlier in the season was a fantastic learning curve for him. He’s done very well over the last two games.”
“It is a big one for the manager but those are the decisions he’s paid to make.”
When you have a local lad, and a consummate professional like Steve Harper at Newcastle, we cannot go too far wrong – at least not in the goalkeeping department.