News today in the Scottish Sunday Express that goalkeeper Fraser Forster wants urgent talks with Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew.
Fraser Forster – wants urgent talks with Alan Pardew
Celtic bid £1.5M for the 23 year-old Hexham-born 6’7″ goalkeeper last week but Newcastle, as expected, turned the bid down immediately.
Celtic’s manager Neil Lennon has indicated the Scottish club will come back with an improved offer for the player, but on the other hand Pardew wants to take a look at giant goalkeeper in pre-season, to judge if he is good enough to become the Newcastle number one.
The favorite for that position is now Dutch International goalkeeper Tim Krul, who played twice for Holland in the summer, and turned in two great performances against Brazil in the 0-0 draw on his debut, when he was Man of the Match, and against Uruguay.
And we’re sure the current number one goalkeeper Steve Harper, the long time number two to Shay Given, will have his own ideas about holding onto the goalkeeper jersey.
Newcastle have in fact told Celtic he Fraser is not for sale, but the one thing Fraser doesn’t like the prospect of, is to spend a season on the bench at Newcastle, and he’d much rather play games, and it’s hard to criticize the lad for that attitude.
Forster has been on loan at Bristol Rovers, Norwich City and Glasgow Celtic over the last two seasons, and now has 97 first team appearances to his name, with a remarkable 55 clean sheets, although he has yet to play for the Newcastle first team, after being away for two successive seasons
Those clean sheets also came from playing for two successful sides – Norwich City in League One when they were promoted last summer and Celtic in the SPL, who don’t lose many games each season.
Norwich have since been promoted to the Premier League, and they have made some noises they may want to take Fraser on loan again next season, and that’s a possibility for the player, but a decision will have to be made quickly on that by Alan Pardew – if it’s going to happen.
Pardew also criticized the standard of play in the SPL, and it was hardly surprising he came in for withering criticism from those north of the border, who are more than a little passionate about their football – especially with Rangers and Celtic fans in Glasgow.
It could be that Fraser wants to make his move away from Newcastle this summer, but he still has three years left on his contract, which was extended when the great Alan Shearer was the manager back in 2009.