Alan Pardew Tries To Clarify Goalkeeping Situation


Tim Krul is in the Dutch squad for the upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Tim Krul – number one goalkeeper next season?

And the 23 year-old was quoted in the Dutch Press last week, as having been told by Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, that he would start next season as the Magpies’ number one goalkeeper.

That’s not consistent with what Pardew has been saying for the last several months, that he still has to decide this summer which goalkeeper will be the starter at Newcastle, and he has Steve Harper, Tim and Fraser Forster to choose from.

So it’s not surprising that Pardew has come out today to clarify the situation:

“I want to underline that I’ve not made any decision about the goalkeepers for next season, other than that I want to see them all in pre-season,”

“The things that have been reported in Holland are not true. Tim will come back with Fraser and Steve to battle it out.”

6’7″ Fraser Forster has had two good seasons out on loan,  to Celtic last season, and to Norwich City the season before that.

The 23 year old Hexham-born goalkeeper helped create a new clean sheet record at the Scottish powerhouse last season,  with 23 clean sheets in the Scottish Premier League, and of those Forster had 21 of the clean sheets.

In all likelihood Tim Krul will become a full Dutch International this summer, and he’s in the 23-man Dutch squad for friendlies in Uruguay and Brazil, and number one goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is out injured.

Whichever of the two young Newcastle goalkeepers don’t make it in the summer, that goalkeeper is likely to be sent out on loan, probably to a Championship side. but there is also the chance that Alan Pardew will elect to sell that goalkeeper.

The likelihood is that he will be Fraser Forster, but it’s hard to tell,  because Fraser hasn’t even played for the Newcastle first team in a competitive game yet.

Last season Tim Krul played 25 times for Newcastle and Steve Harper played 18 times in Newcastle’s 43 game season, one of the lowest number of games Newcastle have played in for some time.

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82 comments so far

  • Crawfordladd17

    May 30, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #1

    I am 1st give me a tophie and yes he should be

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  • kilcline

    May 30, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #2

    Harper should be No.2 next season.

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  • geordiejohn42

    May 30, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #3

    1st!!

    Fraser should be no 1 next season

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  • Stuart

    May 30, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Tim Krul #1 next season!

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  • partizanovec

    May 30, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #5

    If Pardew is honest, then it is a good decision to give them strong pre-season and they battling for Nr.1 spot. I’m for Harper (maybe his last season, who knows), but he may be just as injured as this season, so Krul is excellent stand by option. If Krul’s progressing then no doubts that he’ll be our Nr.1 from 2012-2013.

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  • quinnynufc

    May 30, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #6

    alright lads. been reading blog for a couple of years now and only my first comment. got to say some of the banter on here is pure class. for me tim krul is by far the better keeper just needs to get a few minor mistakes out of his system and i think we could have a world beater here. experience is essential and i think harper can bring him on even more. as for forster i think another season on loan wont do any harm

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  • toonfan76

    May 30, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #7

    Krull has been called up for international duty. I say him and Harper should rotate and have forster as the sub for whichever one is playing.

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  • toonbelmonter

    May 30, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #8

    how can any1 say forster for number 1, he has to be no2 to harps n get blooded in or go on loan to a pl team, stop sayin give it to forster, the no1 shirt is the number 9 shirt for keepers, he duznt deserve it, has to be krull with harps 2nd, forster out on loan or harps , forster 2nd n krull out on loan

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  • shay Robson

    May 30, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #9

    if its harpers last season, keep kurl and forster to battle it out as two top keepers for the next 10 years!!!!

    do not sell any keeper.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 30, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #10

    If Krul can improve on his kicking and throwing, he’s definately our number 1. Harper to be a backup. Not seen much of Forster at all to comment. No idea how good he is.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 30, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #11

    *improve on his distribution

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  • toonarmy09

    May 30, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #12

    One of my work mates is a mad Celtic fan ,and he says Fraser good keeper ,but room for improvement .I would go with krul I think .

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  • toonfan76

    May 30, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #13

    By the way I don’t mean we should rotate the keepers for the sake of rotating. Maybe use 1 for cup games and 1 for league games with forster the sub keeper in case of injury or sending off.

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  • Lew Davies

    May 30, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #14

    Flapper Krul makes too many wrong decisions, and Forster never got tested properly at Celtic.

    Harper will be number 1 next season. His last season.
    Think Krul should go out on loan next and FF will be num 2

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  • Weezertoon

    May 30, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #15

    Krul has what it takes to be a legendary keeper. It’s tough to take away the no. 1 spot from Harper after he’s waited so long for it. I would probably say to him ‘look, i want you to bring us a trophy this season, you’re focus is the cup games.’ His experience in goal with some youth playing in the team could be a good combination.

    As for Forster, I say loan him out to norwich for the season. Yeah, he’s had solid seasons in League 1 and the SPL, but let’s be honest they’re both mickey mouse leagues, and I doubt he would have faired as well in goal if he was in a struggling team like Motherwell. He is unproven, so he needs to be tried out at the top level before we can pass fair judgement. Nice lad though, remember him from 6th form (when he was there).

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  • geordietc

    May 30, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #16

    Harper has to stay as number 1. Has to. He’s consistent, a quality shot stopper, solid distributor and affords a sense of security and stability to his back four. Not as much of a talker as Krul but I would say his team mates find him more reliable – he has a better record. Krul and esp Forster are young in goalkeeping terms and it would be totally acceptable to send Krul on loan again – ideally to another Prem club (Norwich again?)

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  • NottsGeordie

    May 30, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #17

    Welcome quinnynufc 🙂

    Harper should be no2 bext season and i dont care whos number one, both Krul and Forster are good and young. The one that isnt the starter should be sold for 2-3 million

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  • Lew Davies

    May 30, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #18

    “sold for 2-3 mill” ???

    If gay Gordon is worth 8mill then we should at least be looking for 5-6 for either of them.

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  • NottsGeordie

    May 30, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #19

    2-3 million was more for Forster as i think Krul will be No.1 next year. Dont think we could get 6 million for a keeper thats played for two seasons. Maybe 4 million max.

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  • woodsee

    May 30, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #20

    I dont think any of them are really exceptional keepers.
    One thing i love a keeper to do is command his box,especially on free kicks and corners,
    Thats probably why i would take a punt on Forser

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  • toonfan76

    May 30, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #21

    can’t find this cwarro7 guy on twitter. Just joined. Any help would be appreciated

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  • Al-ToOn

    May 30, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #22

    Krul seems to be getting too big for his boots. Ever since he got in the Dutch squad he thinks he is a ‘Van der sarr’ bracket keeper.

    Krul has only had a handful of games! Nothing special anyway…

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 30, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #23

    i think we should give foster a chance and must send KRUL out on loan to nottingham forest since they want a keeper and they are in premier league KRUL can get the games to play and foster can be our second keeper since harper gets injured most of the time foster can play for first team and by which we can come to know how good he is both of our young keeper can get premier league level games if this happence

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  • Ryan_NUFC88

    May 30, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #24

    It’s cwarr07 mate @toonfan76

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  • solano

    May 30, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #25

    Krul is much better than FF and it would be a huge mistake to sell him this summer as he will be worth a fortune as he matures…I’m afraid FF not only looks like Herman Munster but looks clumsy like him when dealing with long shots….

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  • joppadoni

    May 30, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #26

    Krull looks dodgy on crosses, a little light weight when it comes to challenges, he cant kick for shit and his handling isn’t great. yeah id have him as our number 1 next season, assuming we cant find a medium sized pumpkin instead.

    harper all day…

    fraser was crap at celtic i heard, however 21 clean sheets? O_o thats the kind of crap im looking for..

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  • The Entertainers

    May 30, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #27

    1) krul
    2) harper
    3) Foster – loan to PL team.

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  • toonfan76

    May 30, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #28

    @Ryan_NUFC88
    tried typing it in the search box but no results.

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  • G

    May 30, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #29

    I still see SH as number 1, and in the past I have said it is too soon for TK, however, his recent performances have given food for thought, so I can see TK pushing for the number 1 jersey next season. Keepers rarely hit their peak before their late 20’s, and experience is key. FF looks like a fantastic keeper, so I wouldn’t flog any of the 3 just yet. Another loan deal for either FF or TK would seemingly be the obvious course to take.

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  • Weezertoon

    May 30, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #30

    krul makes mistakes. He also makes worldly saves, is young, loves the club and the fans, and ALWAYS puts a shift in.

    Aye rights lets sell him and put a keeper close to retirement number 1, or an unproven keeper. Nice one.

    😛

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  • NottsGeordie

    May 30, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #31

    Toonfan76

    Its cwarr(zero)7 not cwarr(o)7 (0o0o)

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  • Ryan_NUFC88

    May 30, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #32

    Follow me mate @ryan_nufc88 n he will be under my “followed”, some other good ones in there if you’ve just joined Twitter, fur10ng is in there aswell similar to cwarr07

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  • NottsGeordie

    May 30, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #33

    Toonfan76

    Not the actual word zero but the number zero not the letter oh

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  • toon_tomma

    May 30, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #34

    I think Forster is going get a chance if am honest think all 3 going get all good pre season

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  • toonruz

    May 30, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #35

    @cwarr07
    Colin
    As I posted last night, Gervinho has agreed to join #nufc

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  • toonruz

    May 30, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #36

    has mike ashley had a bang on the head or something

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  • toonfan76

    May 30, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #37

    Sorted people, thanks for the help. just wanted to see what cwarr07 has been saying.

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  • Drago

    May 30, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #38

    without any doubt, Tim should be nr. 1 next season.

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  • partizanovec

    May 30, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #39

    Barton deleted his tweets, eh?

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  • Nufc_mo

    May 30, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #40

    @Partizanovec

    nah they are still up

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