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Newcastle Goalkeeper Fraser Forster In Great Demand

It’s not surprising that Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster will be in big demand this summer.

Fraser Forster – will stay at Newcastle United

Fraser is finishing off a very successful season long loan spell at Glasgow Celtic, and will play his 44th and final appearance for Celtic this Saturday, in the Scottish Cup Final against Motherwell.

Last season Fraser was a star at Norwich City, where he played 42 times for the promotion winning side, and the Canaries have again been promoted this season to the Premier League.

Fraser equaled a club record at Norwich last season by keeping 18 clean sheets in the 38 League One games.

And there have been whispers coming out of Norwich, that they are again interested in signing Forster on a permanent basis, but that will not happen, although a loan deal may be possible again for Fraser to play in East Anglia.

It seems that Celtic manager Neil Lennon is keen to get Fraser to Celtic on a permanent basis, but again there’s little chance of that happening, although we suppose another loan spell at Parkhead is a  possibility for Fraser next season.

And Fraser has been breaking records again this season, as Celtic beat their Scottish Premier League clean sheet record with 23 clean sheets in their 38 SPL games, with Forster in goal for all but two of those games.

So in his last two seasons out on loan, Fraser has kept 39 clean sheets in the 74 league games he’s played – and maybe he should be starting for Newcastle next season. 😀

This is what Celtic manager Neil Lennon said today about the 23 year-old 6’7″ Newcastle goalkeeper:

“I think Fraser has been magnificent this season,”   “We will certainly look at that as an option for next season.

“We haven’t spoken to Newcastle yet, but there may be inroads made.”

“That will be further down the line, and whether Newcastle want to sell or do business with us is another thing. We haven’t asked the question yet.”

Neil had talked about offering Newcastle £2M for Forster, and manager Alan Pardew had come out and said he wouldn’t accept the offer, but Lennon is right in that it is all unofficial.

Fraser will fight it out with Steve Harper and Tim Krul this summer, and will no doubt be part of  the Magpies’  American tour in the summer, but Alan Pardew has stated that neither young goalkeeper will be sold anytime soon.

It seems the likelihood is that Krul and Forster will fight it out for the first team goalkeeper position at Newcastle in the next season or two.

And since 36 year-old Steve Harper is likely to retire in a couple of years time, they’ll  not have to wait too much longer.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • david_NUFC

    May 18, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #1


  • G

    May 18, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #2

    Would be happy to see FF go out on loan again. He’s looked first class in the last 2 seasons, and whilst he is out, SH and TK have been putting a good shift in between the sticks. I rated FF more than TK at the start of this season, given his recent performances TK has a very realistic chance of taking the number 1 off SH pre-season. Nice to see plenty of options for one position.

  • Andy

    May 18, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #3

    G have you seen him play? He is far from first class. All Celtic fans I have talked to are a bit hit and miss with him. Some say he is young so give him the benefit of the doubt, others say he’s crap. From what i’ve seen I’d say he is average at best. Not as good as Krul even with those mistakes

  • wicksy

    May 18, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #4

    Allright lads, i don’t think many Newcastle fans can really comment on him because we haven’t seen much of him. I was speaking to a Celtic season ticket holder and he was saying he is a bag of nerves. I would like to see him myself for 10 games before judging him

  • Andy

    May 18, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #5

    I watch them almost every week wicksy, my dad is a huge fan of theirs. He says exactly the same, he never comes out for anything and he is too slow getting down for the ball. He does pull off some great saves from time to time but certainly no better than krul

  • MackemLad95

    May 18, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #6

    This lad would be Da Bomb at Sunderland!! 🙂

  • G

    May 18, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #7

    Seen him play lots, heard a lot of criticism aimed at him on here, but seen very little of it transposed on the field. Heard people say he is slow to drop for the low shots, and only seen one example of that where he was wrong footed. I’m sure he will be nervy given his age, most keepers don’t come good until their mid to late 20’s. The one common theme I do hear from most Celtic fans is that they would sign him proper given the chance.

  • John

    May 18, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #8

    the money wed get for him would be buttons compared to a next season so send him back out let him get more experience SH will finishing up round then anyway then it will be between the young guns for the number 1 jersey. Krul still has to prove hes the rightful sucessor to SH for that reason id keep FF but loan him out its a no lose situation.

  • Andy

    May 18, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #9

    I don’t think Celtic would be able to buy him as surely he would cost £4m+ something which they don’t like to do, spend loads of money on one. This leaves us and them in a win win situation, they get a keeper for free who has just got the most clean sheets in SPL history (shouldn’t be laughed at!) and we gain a well experienced much improved keeper by the end of the season (hopefully) I think the similarities between our clubs are good as their is always big crowds and a hell of a lot of pressure from the fans on players.

  • G

    May 18, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #10

    Andy, I wholeheartedly disagree with your post, regarding the similarities with Celtic. They haven’t been relegated for quite some time, their stripes go the wrong way round, and they have been known to win the odd pot here and there.

  • Andy

    May 18, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #11

    I’m talking about expectations of players. Minus the tangible things like trophies, there fans want good football, a team they can be proud of, large amount of fans at every game singing like we do and maybe even more pressure of Forster. All good experience.

  • wicksy

    May 18, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Celtic definitely would not be able to afford Forster. He would be in the £4 million bracket which they simpley can’t afford. Forster won’t be far off the next England squad considering the retirement of Foster. There’s Hart and Green and then who else is there?

  • wicksy

    May 18, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #13


  • Andy

    May 18, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #14

    wicksy he isn’t even in the under 21’s so i doubt he’ll get a england call up. He was eligible for 21s as he was 21 at time the qualification started

  • wicksy

    May 18, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #15

    I didn’t know he was still eligible, how isn’t he in the squad?

  • Andy

    May 18, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #16

    Frankie Fielding (Blackburn Rovers), Scott Loach (Watford), Jason Steele (Middlesbrough), Alex McCarthy (Reading), These guys are ahead of him. Seen McCarthy and Loach play, both are pretty good. Don’t know the others

  • Xenarious

    May 18, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #17

    If he is going to be loaned out again he should be loaned out to a Premier League club or a Championship club. The SPL doesn’t offer the same level of competition.

  • Nathaaan

    May 18, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Everytime i watch a celtic game he plays really well and makes some crazy saves, my opinion is he should be our number 1 next year with krul on loan and harper on the bench.

  • Davies

    May 18, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Loan him to Norwich, where we can have a proper look at him. I’ve seen a few Celtic games and he looks nowhere near as confident as Krul. At the moment, both lads have massive potential, but neither is anywhere near the finished product. In a couple of seasons, when Harper’s gone, I think it would be nice to see the pair of them fighting to be first choice, as I think they’ll both be top class by then.


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