Huge Opportunity For Fraser Forster At Newcastle


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:

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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.

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41 comments so far

  • Mark

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Although he is a great shot stopper, i think he will be too slow for some of the prem teams..

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  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #2

    1st

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  • G

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #3

    I still see SH as the main man, but TK certainly didn’t do his credentials any harm back end of last season, and is looking the part these days. I thought FF was excellent last season, although a lot of people who regularly watch the Scotts football were quite critical of him there. Could be an interesting season regarding the keepers this one.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Harper should be #1

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  • Dan in france

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #5

    can i ask why every one has voted 4 either krul or forster? personally i think Harps is the better goalkeepers atm. krul is good but he flaps around a lot on crosses and corner! and well forster they both could be good but i feel experience (harper) is vital in that department and he has the organization and leadership skills to sort out the defense unlike the other goalies
    just my opinion so don’t shoot me down like 😉

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  • AMEOBI

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #6

    Harper this season all day!

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  • Stuart

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #7

    Harper is getting older and creakier like, takes him forever to get down and back up again these days. Still a quality keeper but I think its time he took a backseat to Krul.

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  • G

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #8

    It’s nice to have a bit of depth in one position anyway.

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #9

    its between krul n forster as there both better than harper

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #10

    Forster is too slow getting down, especially to free kicks

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #11

    I think Foster showed at Darlo that he ain’t the quickest and is quite clumsy, just ask Fergi!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #12

    2100 votes in less than an half an hour and only 8 comments. somthing is wrong.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #13

    NAM

    That’s embarrassing, but a bit sad trying in the first place !

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  • sweendog

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #14

    gotta bite the bullet and let Krul get the no. 1 .. he needs 1st team experience to improve .. he needs to improve on his kicking and coming for crosses .. other than that a very good keeper ..

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  • AMEOBI

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #15

    Richy,

    Ask Fergi hahaha! Quality mate

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  • Stuart

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #16

    @indian Magpie – the vote has been running for weeks lol.

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  • jamesnufc86

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #17

    Harper should be number one! I cant believe Pardew is even thinkin about Krul or Forster. Harper is the most competent keeper we have. He is a good shot stopper and doesnt panic when coming for crosses like the other two do, send forster out on loan or give him a transfer and keep Krul , he needs another couple of seasons to learn goalkeeping basics!

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #18

    its nice to 2 young keeper who believe they shud b no1 n arnt prepared to sit on the bench till there 33 n b no 2

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #19

    jamesnufc86 – harper dosent panic when he comes for crosses bcoz he dosent come for crosses hes like a bloody statue on his line, hes good shot stopper n thats it krul n forster r jus as good but better at everything else

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #20

    @18

    I don’t think any professional player should be content to sit on the bench and just collect their wage packet. (No offence Shay) lol

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #21

    nufcrich – that was a dig at harper

    n krul has 2 international caps for holland how many has harper got

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  • Stuart

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #22

    @18 & 20 – Bit of a dig at Harper there like? Some would call it loyalty lol.

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  • jamesnufc86

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #23

    Na, I see Harper collecting corners quite regularly, he doesnt make me panic everytime there is a shot or ball into the box, Krul and Forster do , I hold my breath

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #24

    @21

    Yeah, Shay and Harper the same really, happy to sit on the bench and wait for their chance to come rather than pushing themselves and creating the chance.

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #25

    stuart – i would call it lack of ambition harper cud of been an england no1 if he had moved else were, hes been great last 2 seasons but its time to blood krul or forster

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  • Sav

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #26

    Glad the talk is of loaning out Forster rather than selling him. His stats are excellent and hard to argue with. How fast was Scmeichel? If you are 6′ 7″ you have to use that to your advantage – stop the crosses and you don’t have to make the spectacular saves. he needs to be a bully in the box.

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #27

    james nufc86 – harper does not come for crosses only if there directly at home him, at least krul at attacks crosses n corners rather than waiting for sumthing to happen

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  • jamesnufc86

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #28

    Lol yea Krul attacks them with like a chicken with no head

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  • I remember Kruls “Superman-esque” diving save from a corner to punch the ball away…

    Good news:
    cwarr07 Colin
    Jose to Liverpool then #lfc Only consolation is that Konchesky isn’t at #lfc to be involved in the deal #nufc
    16 minutes ago

    Because the Cw@rsehole is so full of cr@p, he is bound to be wrong again.

    In other words, liverfool are still not bidding for Jose.

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  • Stuart

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #30

    Get in! Jose isnt going to liverpool then haha!

    He’ll still be off somewhere though unfortunately.

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #31

    like i said if liverpool want jose get insua as part of the deal

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  • Straight swap for Judas.

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  • AMEOBI

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #33

    Straight swap for Judas, sounds a cracka

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #34

    Insua + 4/5m = everyone happy.

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  • JAMSHA

    Jul 19, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #35

    Y nt play 3 of them in each 3 matchs n c who is better

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  • JAMSHA

    Jul 19, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #36

    Rotonda no, il agree for insua + 7mill.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 19, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #37

    @36

    Yeah I agree

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  • Felipe

    Jul 19, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #38

    Said on here a few weeks ago that woody our goalkeeping coach rates Forster the highest of our keepers so unless he messes up on tour I reckon he might be number 1.

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  • Hebburn Mag

    Jul 19, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #39

    Have Forster as number 1 and Harper as number 2, ship Krul out on loan until January and depending on how Forster and Krul do make Krul number 1 in January and send Forster out on loan for the rest of the season. This way Forster is getting games and it will allow us to see if he is ready for the step up yet if not then Harper will always be there to step in. I heard a few months ago that Harper had said that because of his knees he wont be playing footbal much longer 2 -3 seasons max and so we need to be letting our young keeps get the chance for when Harper decides to retire. Instead of using Forster or Krul for the cup games use Harper that way he is still getting games aslong as we stay in the cups and hes not risking injury playing every game in the Prem, but should we need him he will always be there to step up as number 1.

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  • toontoon_andyb

    Jul 19, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #40

    fosters one ugly mo fo haha

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