Tim Krul Ready To Take Over Goalkeeper Duties At Newcastle


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?

Comments welcome.



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69 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Don’t rate Forster at all, hope to see Krul get the No1 shirt

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Krul for me.Forster to Celtic.

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  • Manx Magpie

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Gotta feel sorry for Harps, but rightly Krul has to be Number 1.

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  • Andy

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Krul for me loan forster out again maybe back at Norwich. Not Celtic!

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  • ToonAndy

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #7

    If Krul isn’t our number 1 then Pardew doesn’t have a clue!!

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  • Tyneside

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Aye Krul should be number1 like

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #9

    Looking at Arsenals Injurys.
    Think they would be happy If this games called off. 🙂

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Krul was always going to be no1 and he knew it too.

    Forster has a lot of expectations but every time ive seen him hes looked dodgy for me…

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  • JackButler

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #11

    If Krul isn’t our No1 then we could see him want to move elsewhere and we will loose a potential world class keep. Forster is not good enough and Pardew can’t allow sentiment to get in the way and select Harper

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #12

    Andy // Aug 10, 2011 at 1:21 PM
    Loan him to Celtic & make him captain….Haha

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  • jayphoto

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Watched him play for Holland against Brazil, and he was unreal! I know these are only friendlys, but for 65 mins against fiorenze he made some world class saves! He needs games, if Man Utd are prepared to give De Gea games, knowing he may make 1 or 2 errors as part of his developement, i’m happy for us to do the same! Tim Krul could really be world class! Harps looks headed more into the coaching side and i’ve never taken to forster! When ever i see him in interviews its always about first team football elsewhere if hes not number 1 here, never get the impression he wants to fight for his place!

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #14

    @ 9

    I was thinking the exact same thing! So many worries for them this weekend and our squad are going to be pumped to prove doubters wrong I think, just the start we need and want before going to scumderland and turning them over BIG STYLE

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #15

    I used to think Forster was good going by other peoples opinions.I had never seen him play.

    Then I seen a lot of him last season for Celtic.
    Overated big time.

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  • Andy

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Belfast I’d rather have packie bonner in goal tbh! Forster is a bombscare between the sticks

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Yea if theres any doubt about this game going ahead.
    Arsenal will probly push to get It called off.

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  • JackButler

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #18

    It could be the perfect time to play Arsenal, their top players in Fabregras and Nasri want away they are ravaged by injuries, Wenger is still as stubborn as ever by refusing to sign the players they need, whereas we only have HBA missing and a lot of players wanting to prove a point.
    Whats the odd’s of Pat Rice starting riot outside SJP just to get the game called off 😉

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Andy // Aug 10, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Packie Bonner blindfolded ffs. 🙂

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  • Andy

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #20

    If I was pardew before the game id super impose those predictions that think well struggle dot them about the place to make that siege mentality within the squad can’t wait for sat! Hwtl!

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #21

    Krul to be new number one and then Obertan can have his lucky number 26… Simples.

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #22

    @JackButler – Pat Rice Riot – Classic 🙂

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #23

    Just seen Greater Manchester Police saying there determined the games In there area will go ahead. 🙂

    Hopefully they all follow suit.

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  • I have a feeling that the FA will postpone the game. Riots will be the excuse. But the real reason will be that the FA won’t like Arsenal to getting off to a bad start and to give Wenger time to get his team sorted.

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  • Andy

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #26

    As someone said yday we seem to have a higher class thug! Haha hope all stays calm here. If game called off I’ll be furious!

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  • JackButler

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #27

    has anyone seen this, these wan*ers have norwich to finish above us FFS I hate the football press

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #29

    Forster is oveerrated. I hope we can use Forster in an exchange deal for Izaguirre in the future.

    Krul is to be Dutch No.1 and must be for Newcastle as well.

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  • JackButler

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #30

    ilovetoon8788 Izaguirre is out for 6-8 months

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  • Mo Drysdale

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #31

    Lads the only reason the game will be delayed is if the Police ask for it.

    I think we will be fine.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #32

    @JackButler // Aug 10, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    has anyone seen this, these wan*ers have norwich to finish above us FFS I hate the football press

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    I think the only reason why they expect us to finish so low, is because of our paper thin squad especially in defence. We all know how lucky we are in the injury front through the last 15 years. So yea.. a couple or 3 injuries and we might find it difficult.

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  • Andy

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #33

    Ilovetoon in the future as in what time as izzy is crocked unfortunately 4-6 months out. Can’t imagine celtic waiting that long for a keeper either.

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  • wynsleap

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #34

    A full season playing without the threat of Harper breathing down his neck or Forster (please no!) and this lad will be a sensation by the end of next season.
    He will also be worth a fortune – won’t he Mike? – (nudge, nudge, wink, wink).

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  • JackButler

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #35

    ilovetoon8788 if our squad is that thin what would say the squad at Norwich is?
    Its just more media BS mate

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  • costello91

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Lads is there a fantasy league ed is running for the blog??

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  • frog obertan all mine all mine

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #37

    Dutch international with great future ahead of him, I am glad we have Krul and hope he becomes a living legend between the posts for the toon!

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  • JackButler

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #38

    costello91 top right of this page

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #39

    The Press is against us as it better read for them… also they are not too pleased with post-kinnear antics plus the fact that MA refuses to talk to any of them about anything… so the club dont play by the hidden media rules.. They can predict what they like… Andy Gray, Robbie Savage and Lawro are all cheating retar$ds who we should ignore with glee….

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  • StevieGee

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #40

    For all those slating Forster for his drop in pre season!

    Krul made exactly the same mistake at Chelsea at the end of last season and cost us the game. You must all have short memories to forget that one!

    I personally think we should keep one of the young keepers and Harper and loan out the other young goalkeeper.

    Harper should retire at the end of the season and stay on as coach and then get the two young keepers battling it out for the number 1 spot.

    I personally don’t think its fair for Forster to be loaned out again as he’s been away from Newcastle more than anyone and it must have an affect on his involvement with the team but I guess he is the obvious choice.

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