The battle is on as to who will become Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper for next season.
Fraser Forster – been training in that sweltering heat?
And it appears that 6’7″ goalkeeper Fraser Forster has an opportunity to win the number one jersey, but most Newcastle fans think that Dutch International Tim Krul will become the Newcastle goalkeeper for this coming season.
Here’s the result of the poll we conducted in early June, with Tim finishing at the top:
We have a sneaking suspicion that Alan Pardew could still go with experience and continue with 36 year-old Steve Harper in goal, but that’s a minority view.
Fraser played at Darlington on Friday night, and he could also get a game tomorrow night as Alan Pardew takes a good hard look at the 23 year-old giant goalkeeper, who has been at loan at Norwich and Celtic over the last two seasons respectively.
It seems that Newcastle are not interested in selling Forster at the moment, and this is Fraser’s big chance to impress the Newcastle manager.
This is what Forster told Lee Ryder, who seems to have accompanied the team to America for the tour:
“It is good to be back and now the aim is to challenge for the first team.”
“Friendly games are important for the manager to see what he wants to do when the real action starts in August.”
“I am hoping to get more of a chance to do that in America in what should be three competitive games out here.”
Fraser had games playing last season at Celtic where he had almost nothing to do, and that was hardly a good loan move for a goalkeeper trying to gain experience.
And even on Friday night at Darlington, he had precious little to do, which is why he could start the game tomorrow night, when Newcastle expect some tough competition.
Fraser talked about the Darlington game:
“I didn’t have a great deal to do but I had to be off my line quite sharply a few times.”
“That was just to tidy a few things up. However, one of those clearances saw Shane Ferguson get injured, which was really unfortunate.”
“For me personally I kept a clean sheet which was important for me, and now the target is to keep a few more in the States.”
Fraser has made it clear he does not want to sit on the bench at Newcastle and we don’t blame him, so if he cannot get to be number one on Tyneside this summer, the probability is that he’ll be shipped out on loan again.
But that certainly will not be to to Celtic, and Pardew will want the player to get more action than he did last season, north of the border.
There are a number of Championship clubs who would be only too willing to take the lad on loan for next season, and it seems that Leeds United and Hull City are two that would be interested in doing a loan deal with Newcastle.
Forster has still to make his first team competitive debut for Newcastle, and he continued:
“I have mainly been involved in friendlies. Even then you want good memories from them.”
“A couple of years ago I played at Leyton Orient when we lost 6-1 and it wasn’t the best of games for me.”
“It did turn out to be a successful season for the club, who got promoted, and I went to Norwich and had some success there too.”
“But as I say, it is mainly about being ready for when the proper action starts.”
The goalkeeper is only one of the positions that we’ll be wondering who will be the first team choice next season, as the Newcastle side will look quite a bit different from last season.