It’s looking like Tim Krul is about to become the new first choice goalkeeper at Newcastle.
Steve Harper – has nothing to prove
With veteran Steve Harper presumably out injured (?), we expect to see 23 year-old Tim Krul start in goal against Arsenal on Saturday, and 23 year-old Fraser Forster to be on the bench.
While Alan Pardew still says he hasn’t made a decision on who will be between the posts this Saturday, it even looks like Tim and Fraser could end up ahead of Steve Harper in the pecking order, although we think Steve’s vast experience is still a big boost to the Newcastle defense.
Apart from Fraser’s clanger against Leeds United, he has performed very well for Newcastle, and has certainly improved immensely over the last two years.
Pardew has today said some good things about Harper, who has been at the club since Kevin Keegan signed him in the summer of 1993.
“Harps has trained.” “Steve hasn’t got to prove anything or show anything to me.” “He’s a big character in the dressing room.”
“He’s a great keeper, and one of these young ones has got to do a lot to dislodge him.” “He’s ready, and I’ll make the call this week.”
“Both of them (Tim and Fraser) are competing, and there’s Harps as well.” “It’s a decision I’ll make this week, and one of them will be happy, and two of them will be unhappy, I should think.”
So after saying Steve would not be fit for this coming Saturday, he seems to be back in training, but it will be a big shock if Harper is first choice on Saturday evening, even though that’s what we expected at the end of last season.
Tim Krul – new Newcastle goalkeeper?
But the way Tim Krul has performed for both Holland and Newcastle since the end of last season, suggests that his time has now come at Newcastle.
What do you think?