Fraser Forster was in the Celtic side who won the Scottish Cup at Hampden Park yesterday when they beat Motherwell 3-0.
Fraser Forster – will get his chance in summer
But Alan Pardew has come out today and said that Newcastle have watched Fraser all season long in Scotland, but have been disappointed with the standard of football up there, and Fraser will be in a whole new world when he returns to Newcastle.
The Scottish Premier League is probably equivalent to England’s League One – if that – which is England’s third tier.
Celtic would like to sign Fraser on a permanent basis, but Pardew has again said there is no chance of him leaving St James’ Park, before the start of next season.
The 23-year-old played 44 times for Celtic, after playing 42 times for Norwich City last season, and the Hexham-born keeper has gained a wealth of experience out on loan over the last couple of seasons.
On Fraser Forster, this is what Pardew told The Sunday Sun today:
“I think he’s coming back to a completely different level of football, I’ll tell you that now.” “We have watched that division and watched him all year.”
“We’ve been very disappointed with the quality of the games, other than the occasional Rangers versus Celtic game.” “And even some of those have been poor, if I’m honest.”
“He is coming to a completely different level of football.”
Fraser will be given the chance to fight it out with Steve Harper and Tim Krul, for the number one jersey on Tyneside this summer, and Alan will be making no decision on the youngster until he’s seen him in action at Newcastle.
“Fraser is not a shoo-in, none of them are,” “It’s going to be a case of ‘Come on then, who’s the hungriest, who has had a summer, who’s actually really taken care of what they’re doing over the summer?’”
“Who is putting in front of me ‘I’m ready, I can be the man’.” “Hopefully, that challenge will go right up to the day we kick off.”
“I’ve tried to calm that anxiety with him a couple of times with him.” “He’s been up to see me and I’ve told him ‘Let’s see how it goes’.”
If Fraser is sent out on loan next season, it seems Pardew would not be too keen to send him back up North.
So Fraser could possibly be sent out on loan to a Championship side, although we hear that Norwich City may also be interested in him, either on a permanent basis or even on a season-long loan deal.
That would give Fraser some experience in the top class of football, the Premier League, and he will gain from that – if indeed he doesn’t stay on Tyneside next season as Newcastle’s new number one goalkeeper.