Newcastle Goalkeeper Fraser Forster Going Nowhere

The future of giant goalkeeper Fraser Forster is not in his own hands, and there is very little chance of him leaving Newcastle anytime soon.

Fraser Forster – going nowhere in the summer

Dutch U21 goalkeeper Tim Krul has been getting his chance for Newcastle in the last few league games of the season, but he made a bad mistake yesterday to gift Chelsea their second goal after 82 minutes, when he completely missed a high free kick sent in by Frank Lampard, and Alex headed home to put the Pensioners 2-1 up.

But Newcastle fought back with an injury time equalizer from Steven Taylor, but the mistake will hardly help Tim in his desire to become the Newcastle number one goalkeeper.

Fraser will definitely get his chance in the summer for Newcastle, and the 23 year-old 6’7″ goalkeeper told the Scottish Sun:

“No, not at all. I haven’t had any problems, although I’m not a big person for going out anyway.” “There are always going to be issues wherever you go.”

“Celtic’s a fantastic club with a fantastic history and with the chance to go and play in Europe. The chance to go and win stuff.” “So there’s a lot of positives about this club, it’s definitely a team on the up.”

“The manager’s been brilliant and everyone in the place is all pushing in the same direction. But I’m a Newcastle player at the end of the day. So I’ll just see what happens.”

“I’m not going to knock anyone’s door down because it’s not really my style. I’ll just wait and see. If it’s meant to be it’ll be. At the minute there’s not much to be said.”

There’s a chance for Fraser to win things in Scotland – like the Scottish Premier League, the Scottish Cup and stuff like that – but long gone are the days when Rangers and Celtic could compete successfully in Europe.

Celtic were the first club in Britain to win the European Cup under the great Jock Stein back in 1967, when they had just a fantastic side, they were a joy to watch.

But the money has dried up in Scotland, and most clubs are struggling at the moment – even the two massive Glasgow clubs, Rangers and Celtic.

And Alan Pardew has already told Neil Lennon, the Celtic manager,  that he will not sell Fraser Forster for £2M this summer, and the likelihood is that Fraser will remain a Newcastle player for a few more seasons yet.

Forster will have the chance to fight it out with Tim Krul and Steve Harper for the number one Newcastle  jersey in the summer, and he will have a decent shot at becoming Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper, but it;s up to him of course.

If he’s good enough he’ll win the Newcatsle jersey.

Certainly his loan spells at Norwich City and Glasgow Celtic over the last two seasons have helped his development enormously, but there’s no way he will become a Celtic player this summer.

For the record,  Fraser has played 43 times for Celtic this season and he made 42 appearances for Norwich City last season, and in total now has 96 first team club appearances, but has still to make his debut for Newcastle United.

And there was even news last week that newly promoted Norwich City are interested in getting the goalkeeper back to Norwich, on a permanent deal in the summer.

That will not happen for the Hexham born player, although another loan deal may be possible, so the youngster can get some Premier League experience next season.

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • Jose Enrique

    May 16, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Hes a mile better than Harper and Krul. He has to be starting next season.

  • Stuart

    May 16, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #2

    I’ve heard hes abit on the slow side like. I prefer Krul myself.

  • Jose Enrique

    May 16, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #3


    Hes a keeper not a speedy winger. Speed means nothing. When has Tim Krul ever had to sprint to get the ball?

  • sammydolan

    May 16, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #4

    @Jose Enrique

    On saturday when the plum headed the ball!

  • Stuart

    May 16, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #5

    I meant bit of the slow side as in when hes getting down for the ball in a save. Also his reaction times arent that quick.

  • Andy

    May 16, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #6

    All people claiming he should be our number 1 just watch him this sat. 3 o’clock kick off on ss1 and then tell me he should be number 1. No way is he better than Krul or Harper for that matter. Jose he’s slow for getting down to the ball when it is rolling along the floor. Conceded some daft goals like that

  • Markaccus

    May 16, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #7

    @ stuart, you might be getting you’re wish regarding a winger, they are just rumors, but there is talk of a “nearly done deal” with a certain charles n’zogbia! It has been described as “a rumor with substance” although what that means is beyond me!

  • nolan4

    May 16, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #8

    krul made a terrible error yesterday but it happens to all goalkeepers but I wud lyk to see fraser return.

  • Stuart

    May 16, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #9


    I wouldnt mind Zoggy back like, aslong as he’s sorted his attitude out.

    I prefer the ‘Tiote and Drogba convincing Gervinho to come’ rumour….even if its only because AP shook DD’s hand haha!

  • leazes upper

    May 16, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #10

    watched celtic afew times and he’s nowt special . think people just assume he great cos he’s massive. dont think he’ll be no 1 next year prob be loaned out again. krul better keeperbut chelsea 2nd goal was his fault but he is a young player they make mistakes

  • Snubs

    May 16, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Krul is our best bet, but he needs harper to teach him. He still does silly stuff like come out for the ball

  • Markaccus

    May 16, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #12

    I’d like that to be true as well, although I would prefer drogba himself to come and lead the line for a couple of years!
    Zog is older and wiser now, and joe kinear isn’t here anymore to f*ck his name up. He’s a cracking player, so if he isn’t a strop anymore he’s worth a few quid of FCB’s cash

  • Jose Enrique

    May 16, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #13

    My bad thought you meant running speed 😀 but i still think Forster is the best. Harper is getting on and Krul is good but doesnt fill you with great confidence.

  • Markaccus

    May 16, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #14

    I was hoping drogba was going to come and lead our line for a year or two, that would be useful!
    Zog is now older and wiser, so hopefully not a strop anymore, he’s a cracking player and worth a few quid of cashleys cash, and kinnear isn’t around to balls his name up 😀

  • Stuart

    May 16, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #15

    I’d love drogba to come here but I really doubt it would happen, too many factors that MA wouldnt like.

    High wages, high price, low sell on value.

  • Markaccus

    May 16, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #16

    Yes, just wishful thinking really. Just have to wonder though what that hug was all about yesterday. Its hard not to jump to conclusions really 😀


    May 16, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #17


    I would love Zog back and thought it will happen since we went for him in january, he’s a class player, his attitude must improve but Im sure AP and the boys can sort that out. How much did we sell him for? I would hate to pay more for him than what we sold him for.

  • Stuart

    May 16, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #18

    @juggalo, I think he was sold for between £6m-£8m but I may be wrong.

    @markaccus – I’m going with the drogbas convinced Gervinho rumour like. After all, he did convince tiote to come here aswell.

  • Markaccus

    May 16, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #19

    Sounds like the best bet then stuart.

    Zog went for 6 mil, doubt we’ll get him back that cheap

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    May 16, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #20

    How can you say he is better than Harps or Krul?

    He is playing in a far weaker league than we are in.

  • Reacher

    May 16, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #21

    When I see people saying things like “Forster is miles better than Krul”, I die a little bit inside. He isn’t. Fraser is good shot-stopper; but that ability has purely come as a result of his size and frame. I’ve said it before, he is a manufactured goal-keeper, a product of his fortunate genetics, nothing more. ‘Keepers need more than that these days, with attributes like technique playing a more prevalent role.

    Krul is our most natural GK. However, what has disappointed me about him this season is that he has had his chance to cement that no.1 jersey, and he has thus far failed to fully convince, showing glimpses of what he can do, but then showing questionable judgment on a number of occasions (case in point, Alex’s goal yesterday). I genuinely think however, that it is borne out of a burning desire to prove what he knows he is, a top class ‘keeper. Hopefully he’ll settle down next season, and become the top-class goalkeeper we all know he can be.

  • Jose Enrique

    May 16, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #22

    A far weaker league? All keepers have to do is save shots it doesnt matter who you play for its always gonna be the same. Save what comes to you.

  • GeordieJordy

    May 16, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #23

    Foster has had more experience playing for Celtic and Norwich but Krul would have benefited more than Foster if he was given that experience, Van Der Saar has belief in Krul and im sure he has belief in himself, it is just the fans belief that is missing in creating a great keeper

  • lewytoon

    May 16, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #24

    eh so pardew shook drogba’s hand to say thanks cuz he’s helped to get gervinho to newcastle?

  • Reacher

    May 16, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #25

    If only it were so easy, Jose Enrique. You are naive in your contention.

    A goalkeeper needs to communicate effectively with his team mates, commanding authority in the process. He has to have faith in his own technique; his ability to control the ball and distribute it effectively, especially if under pressure from an opposing striker. He must display that foremost requirement, anticipation in every aspect, e.g. knowing when to come off his line, or when the ball is cross in to the danger area.

    I could go on.

  • Davies

    May 16, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #26

    I’ve watched Forster and he’s alright, but he ain’t brilliant. In my opinion Krul is better, despite some silly mistakes (like the one that led to Alex’s goal yesterday).

    Apparently young Soderbergh is coming on in leaps and bounds as well. Maybe he and Krul will be our two main ‘keepers in the next few years.

  • alkinou

    May 16, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #27

    Those who are saying Forster is better than Krul are you watching him on a regular basis?
    I went on some Celtic blogs and they don’t seem too convinced by him. The general opinion seems to be he’s alright but not great…

  • Reacher

    May 16, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #28

    Precisely alkinou. They are not overly enamoured with Forster. Many are neither here nor there as to whether they sign him on a permanent basis. I think a lot of these grand desires people often express with regard Fraser are borne out of a blind sentimentality, in that he’s from the North East, so they want him to be better than he is.

  • toonincheek

    May 16, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #29

    OK, so Krul was to blame for Alex’s goal yesterday – he came out and didn’t get the ball
    the defence must take some of the blame for not preventing the Alex header
    Krul saved a few dangerous situations yesterday, coming out for the ball – and getting it – when Harper for sure would have stayed on his line, with unknown consequences.

    When the opposing team realises a keeper is mostly rooted to his line, they will cross the ball closer and closer.
    When they realise the keeper comes out to collect or clear, they have to keep the ball further away from him.

  • The Entertainers

    May 16, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #30

    We clearly have two of the best young keepers in their age group.
    The experience both have gained so early on is testament to their ability.

    Harper is still quite rightly going to be our N.o1 next season and am quite happy with either youngster being backup!


    May 16, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #31

    If u think his reactions are slow look at this!!!!

  • Thump

    May 16, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #32

    Yes, Steve – height and build. Trust me, he is not ready for the prem. I’ve watched him a lot this season and while certain things he does (like that) are absolutely incredible, he makes a lot of mistakes. He can’t get down for the life of him and in a 1v1 situation he almost always let’s a goal in.

    Believe in him all you like, but right now he’s nothing more than a back up keeper for us.


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