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.