With Steve Harper picking up another knee injury, and Fraser Forster having dropped a right clanger last Sunday afternoon at Leeds United, it would appear that Tim Krul is now in pole position to become the new Newcastle first choice goalkeeper.
Tim Krul in action against Brazil in June – man of the match too!
Tim will play between the sticks in the important game this afternoon against Italian side Fiorentina, and he has another chance to cement his position as Newcastle’s top goalkeeper.
And of course the Dutchman did his chances no harm at all, when he was called up for his first two Dutch caps against Brazil and Uruguay in June, and put in two great performances.
Alan Pardew talked about the goalkeeping position today:
“I’ll make a decision for the Arsenal game on Thursday, or whenever I need to make it.” “I need to give Tim another opportunity.”
“Fraser’s played three, Harps has played two, and Tim’s played two.”
Alan had planned to play his top side this afternoon against the Italian side, but he said he was not going to do that this time, so that will keep the fans guessing as to what the best side is at the moment, at least according to the man that matters – Alan Pardew.
The Londoner continued:
“Sometimes in pre-season, I have played my best team in that final game, be it in the first half, or for the whole game.
“I’m not going to do it this time, because I’ve got players who need minutes, and there’s the goalkeeping situation.”
“In every position everybody’s desperate to get into the team.”
Tim is hoping to hit top form quickly, because the next International game is when Holland plays England at Wembley next Wednesday evening, so Tim had this to say about the next scheduled International:
“I’m very excited, especially with it being against England at Wembley.”
“It’s a place – especially in a game like that – which is fantastic to be at. I’ve never played there before so that would be really good.”
Tim has been at Newcastle since 2005, and it will be great if he can play for the Dutch team in that game at Wembley next week, and of course it’s always good to see a Newcastle player representing their country.
But who decided to have International games three days before the Premier League started?
Seems a little bit crazy to us, and to the managers too no doubt.