We had mentioned yesterday what a terrific professional Steve Harper was at Newcastle.
Tim Krul in action on Saturday
And today Tim Krul has come out and praised Steve for helping him so much, and being like a teacher to him.
It seems that Tim is now Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper, and it was great to see the Newcastle defense so stalwart on Saturday, and they were obviously well drilled for the Arsenal; game, even though once or twice they appeared a little shaky.
But it was excellent to get a clean sheet at home against the top London side, and it’s something we didn’t see enough of last season.
This is what Tim said today:
“We definitely think this is a good start. We were more than pleased with this result and happy with the result,”
“Everyone has been saying Arsenal are not the team they used to be but they are always up there and will be this season. We knew they would com out fighting.”
“We dealt with them really well. They only had one proper shot on goal. The rest our defense dealt with fantastically.”
Tim now wants to maintain a high level of consistency, so he become the Newcastle number one goalkeeper long term, and veteran Steve Harper wasn’t even on the bench on Saturday, although we don’t know if he is fully fit yet with his knee problem.
Steve is not too happy that he seems to have lost the number one spot on Tyneside, but that hasn’t stopped the 36 year-old from supporting the 23 year-old top Dutch International:
“The manager had a little word with me at the start of the week and said train well this week and we will see what happens. I think he let the others know first before he told me. He told me I was starting and said right it is now up to you to cement that shirt.”
“Hopefully this is the first stage of doing that. It is a big vote of confidence because everyone knows how good Fraser and Steve are.” “Steve is a massive help. He is like a teacher for me as well.”
“I want to play and Steve knows that and every keeper wants to be the number one. I am thankful that I am that now. I have to cement it now.”
It remains to be seen what Newcastle do with Fraser Forster, because he’s often said if he cannot be number one at Newcastle, he wants to play somewhere else on loan for the season.
But we don’t expect Alan Pardew to sell Fraser, since he looked very good in pre-season and can still improve.
What do you think?