Pardew Disappointed With Quality Of Scottish Football

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.

Alan continued:

“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.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • Andy

    May 22, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #1

    What exactly was he expecting?

  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 22, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #2

    we have to keep foster this time and send KRUL on loan

  • CT

    May 22, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Off Topic, Heard a rumour last week and confirmed today that Ellis Short having showdown talks with Quinn and Bruce this week————-SHAME EH?? LOL!!

  • shearerno9

    May 22, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #4

    All in all i think Krul deserves it, he has had a few outstanding games this season and id like him to continue. If this were to happen I would throw harper in every now and again to keep Krul on his toes, with a lot of first team football i can also see timmy becoming a top keeper.

    With Fraiser, i think a loan spell to maybe a newly promoted side to the prem if its possible? It would put all the questions to bed over his speed and ability, and we have nothing to lose – if he shows the potential then we have a keeper.

  • twgp

    May 22, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Wise words from AP. I would like to see Krul go out on loan. This is only his first half season playing while FF has had a long time out playing First Team football and getting experience. FF for me with Harper on the bench as backup and also coaching him in training.

  • Reacher

    May 22, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #6

    The fact that Kris Commons looks like a world beater in that league says it all really.

    P.s. Fraser isn’t very good. Those of you saying he should be our number one haven’t watched him or had a look on Celtic forums to see what they say about him.

  • Ben_BKK

    May 22, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #7

    If we could send him out for a season to Norwich that’d be great, he’s been there before but mainly it’d be a chance to see what he could do at the highest level. Plus, no offence to Norwich, he’d be sure to see a lot of action and have to be saving a lot of shots so it’d be a real test for him.

    Maybe we could loan them Forster for the first half of the season and Krul for the second eh, or is that just me being selfish? 😛

  • Jezza

    May 22, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #8

    So Pardew doesn’t rate Scottish football….didn’t stop him applying for the Hibs job last October before losing out to Chris Hughton’s assistant.

  • Toonboy

    May 22, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Scottish football is pretty much English league 1 and 2 standard.

    with the exception of Rangers and Celtic- who are championship level.

  • Davies

    May 22, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Season long loan for Forster to Norwich. That would tell everybody what they need to know. Give Krul the number one jersey, but have Harper ready if he looks like he’s not coping (or just to keep him on his toes). Don’t know how Harper would take it, but that’s football.

  • Brutooon

    May 22, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #11

    I never been a fan of scottish football but is it that BAD??

    Put Ameobi there and he will score 500 goals in 2 season

    Put Alan Smith there and he can play till he is 45 yrs old

    Put Perch there and he will be Scottish Defender of the Decade

  • Andy

    May 22, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Brutoon behave! It isn’t THAT bad. But seriously what were they expecting sending a keeper to one of the two teams that are always in possession. I quite enjoy Scottish football.

  • Brutooon

    May 22, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #13

    Andy : maybe ask Shearer to play there and he will score another 200 goals


  • shearerno9

    May 22, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #14

    At one of the top clubs in Scottish football is a football player named david weir – he is 41, would he get into any premiership team?? i think not – case closed, the football up there is muck.

  • connor_nufc

    May 22, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #15

    Rangers still done well in europe dont forget that . They went to old trafford and got a 0-0 draw with david weir in the team!


    May 22, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #16

    In all fairness on a day like today why are we discussing the SPL

    Its the last game of our successful season up from the fizzy pop league and its against another team just up from the league. Neither team can go down!

    I am far to excited by our own league today to talk about the scottish!


  • GeordieToon89

    May 22, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #17

    CT – how do u no about that hahaha bruce for the chop and ellis to pull out of the club blaintly

  • 09nufc09

    May 22, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #18

    Why send krul out on loan? Hes our best keeper. Yes he has made the odd mistake but no more than harper has and i would rather he came for the ball than stay on his line like harper. I go to the match and krul shouts at his defence alot more than harper.
    Forster still hasnt proved himself a pl standard keeper, judge him more on his time at norwich than celtic, this year hes been facing about 2 shots per game and his kicking is still not good.

  • jamesnufc86

    May 22, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #19

    I lived in Aberdeen for 15 years and have seen scottish football slowly implode, about 10-15 years ago Rangers and Celtic were Premiership level, they had some quality players. But to be honest is awful now, I cant stand watching it

  • GeordieGerman

    May 22, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Only times I’ve seen Forster I haven’t been impressed. But against the teams Celtic has played he hasn’t really been tested.

  • rozehnal

    May 22, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Hey this player we are close to signing got a mad feeling he’s a class player that’s nobody has mentioned on here we all gonna b shocked in a good way

  • CT

    May 22, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Geordie toon, let`s just say I had a meeting with a financial institution last week on behalf of my company who are also involved with Scum.
    They let it slip that Short wants out as he is not prepared to bankroll the present management any further and wants his money back. It has also been reported in some of todays papers. Smoke without fire does not happen often, Hammers win today will be the final embarrasment it seems. HWTL

  • nufc90

    May 22, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #23

    i think the player could be marvin martin of sochaux i commented about him a few weeks ago.. graham carr loves him. he loves assists 16 this season

  • nufc90

    May 22, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #24

    haha i want bruce to stay at scumderland… 6 easy points next year then

  • rozehnal

    May 22, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #25

    Me think it’s a player from Barcelona

  • GeordieToon89

    May 22, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #26

    haha we’ll always be top dogs most they fans seem to think thal b spending 50 and 60 million this season..

    Marvin Martin would be a class signing eventual replacement for nolan if u ask me this will giv him best part of a year to get used to life in england and the premier league and nolan will obv be older and will be used as a super sub.. we’l soon hav the full french midfield playing for wa

  • rozehnal

    May 22, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #27

    I can see Sunderland to get relegated next season lol

  • daveyh

    May 23, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #28

    I’m dissapointed with the quality of the newcastle manager


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