Tim Krul – We Have To Perform Week In, Week Out


Tim Krul has been outstanding form for Newcastle United in their four games so far this season.

Tim Krul – in great form for Newcastle this season

A combination of a fair amount of luck, and some great goalkeeping from the Dutch International has seen Newcastle win three of their first four games of the season and draw the other one.

But Maarten Stekelenburg was in goal last night for the number one ranked Holland side, as they completely overwhelmed San Marino 11-0 in Group E of the 2012 European Championships.

Poor San Marino have lost all eight of their qualifying games and conceded 44 goals in those games  and scored …..  none.

It was interesting that the number one ranked side in the world, Holland, played the very last ranked side in the world, Sam Marino, ranked 203 out of 203 countries.

And wasn’t it was just ridiculous for Joey Barton to stir things up yet again on that Twitter account of his, by suggesting Tim Krul and Cheick Tiote would be the next two players to be sold.

Tim, who’s a much more stable and steady character than Joey Barton,  seems to be positive about Newcastle’s future, as he said this today to the local Newcastle press:

“This is the way the club wants to go now.”  “At the moment this team is showing we can move forward.”

“That has to be the most important thing. We have a lot of young players here and a lot of young talent, we could be here for a long time.”

“I am 23 and I want to stay here for a long time.”  “The manager keeps saying we have to perform week in, week out. That is the only thing I can do and that we can do as players.”

“I am happy with the amount of work I have to do – it was more like a training session at Scunthorpe with the amount I stood up to! It was great.” 

“The next game is Queens Park Rangers, another game in which we can pick up points. We know what Joey is capable of but this is a game we can pick up points in.”

It would be very sweet to beat QPR and Joey Barton at Loftus Road a week on Monday, and we’re sure our lads will be motivated to make it four wins in a row for Newcastle, and that would be just great!

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150 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #1

    U missed the last part Krul said about Joey in the article:
    “Fortunatly he’s not been the one to score lots of goals”.

    Made me chuckle 😉

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  • swisstone

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #2

    Might be a bit of a controversial one this, and totally off point, but I can’t understand why people are so up graham carr’s backside??

    What has he actually done, identified Tiote? Thats all. Ben Arfa was well known in european football and our other signings are either known PL players (obertan, ba) or totally yet to prove themselves. Cabaye has had a promising start but can’t help but think the general negativity round the club is making him appear more of a positive than he otherwise would have been.

    I just don’t get how he has such a strong reputation.

    Even Tiote has struggled so far this season – one season wonder??

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  • Robbanufc

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Haha, I liked that part Dannyo! I hope Barton is on his best behaviour next weekend, so we wont have Saylor on a 3 match suspension for smacking him down!

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  • Robbanufc

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #4

    Cabaye has had a promising start but can’t help but think the general negativity round the club is making him appear more of a positive than he otherwise would have been.” ”

    Could not agree less with you on that part.. I think Cabaye will only grow as a player while playing for us. He was one of Lille’s most important player in their title-winning-season. He will bring assists, goals and good passing to our side, aswell as some much needed creativity.

    I think Cabaye has had a reasonably good start, for a foreign player, in his first few matches in EPL.

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #5

    @WWJBD

    Gonna continue from the last thread here bud.
    No, u’re right, after 4 years of lies and decet, there’s no reason why we should expect them to give us truthful answers to our questions.
    At the same time, it’s a good thing that they have decided to this.
    I’m not gonna give em credit for this, but on the transfer window, they gave a statement, however unclarified it
    was, atleast they gave it.
    Now they’re prepared to answers questions, but they will be muffled too.

    Could it be by some unseamingly small, small chance, they are trying to learn?
    They would never do anything of the sort 6 months ago.

    Forgive me for being naive, it’s just who i am. I’ll always hope for the best mate, i’m not defending, but i’ll always be willing to give people the benefit of the doubt.
    It’s just how i’m built.

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  • LewSpi

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #6

    swisstone, I think it’s not only the fact that G Carr has scouted brilliant players for next to no cost, its the fact that since he has been at the club, we have signed no flops (with the exception of Perch), there’s been no Xisco’s, no Luques and no Boumsong’s.

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  • swisstone

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Robba you might well be right and I hope so, but interesting point you make – one of Lille’s main players in a title winning team.

    Does that make him a great find for a scout? If I was sent to France to scout I think even I could pic out the best players in the best team.

    My point is more around the faith in Carr being a bit unjustified in my eyes as opposed to being about Cabaye, who I have no problem with

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #8

    @LewSpi
    Perch, Routledge and Simmo has been said to be Chris’s signings after seen them play against our team.
    Probably partly why MA and DL decided to sack him due to his low ammount of experience.

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  • Widowmaker

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Dannyo, much like the fans who wanna to sack the board? 😛

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #10

    @swisstone

    U’re forgetting Abeid, Situ (who signed for Swans), JJ Hooper, Moyo, Streete and lots of other youngsters coming to the club after being watched by our scouting network.
    All touted for greatness at one level or another.

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #11

    @Widowmaker

    Very much like that mate 😉

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  • swisstone

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #12

    I think some of the blame around the transfer window has to lie with Carr, he is our chief scout and he’s been unable to identify players who have been good enough, or with enough unused potential, to make signing them commercially viable

    The players he has identified are clearly not felt to be worth the money the clubs are asking for so MA won’t pay it.

    In no way whatsoever am I defending MA, I detest him, but unlike Tiote Carr hasn’t been able to find enough players who maybe have been in and out of their current clubs but have the ability to do well in PL.

    Instead we seem to have mainly gone for strikers who clubs are not going to let go cheaply and ultimately been left in a deadlock with MA unwilling to spend and not enough back up alternative

    Just think Carr has to shoulder some of that, he must know MA would not spend millions, so why pick out players MA would never pay for

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  • Robbanufc

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Fair enough, but if you look at the recent players coming in to the club, and at what cost they have been brought in, as opposed to what other clubs pay for their players.

    Davide Santon is a prime example. in 2009-2010 he would’ve cost £15-20m easily, we bring him in at around £5m.

    Cabaye in for £4,5m, is probably worth around 10-12m

    Tiote brought in at 3,5, resell value would be around 15-18m today.

    There have been no solid mistakes on the transfers in, as opposed to the earlier days before Carr. But one can only question what role he has played in all of this, I agree with you on that.

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  • Offkey

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #14

    Swisstone – I presume you have seen the player list passed to MA. If not you could well be apportioning blame on a man who as yet has done nothing wrong to this great club while letting MA get away with a tad bit more……….unless you have seen the list, the evidence suggests the failure is with MA and DL, not GC. Whilst you may believe this, I cant fathom why…..

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  • Robbanufc

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #15

    The princible of our transfers in do seem to be buy for a dollar, sell for 2. Which is OK by me, as the value of our team will increase in the future under this system, provided our scouting network does well.

    Now, as far as the striker situation goes, i’m not really that worried. I think we should play with 1 man up top, with a solid 4-2-3-1 or 4-5-1. Our best players at the moment are midfielders and defenders, and one should always play ones strengths. Playing 4-4-2 now seems daft, if we start with Ameobi and Lovenkrands.

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  • alienhunter

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #16

    Blaming Graeme Carr for the failure to land a striker is just about the most ridiculous thing I have ever read on here.

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  • swisstone

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #17

    Although its early days I do think a mistake will potentially be Ba. I doubt that is necessarily Carr’s doing, maybe more AP, but if he did take up ‘a fair amount’ of the AC money as AP suggested, then I think that money would have been better spent of Long

    But appreciate its early days and unfair to judge Ba just yet. Just history suggests if they don’t get off to a good start at NUFC they rarely recover

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #18

    @swisstone

    I disagree, we were in discussion with several strikers throughout the window, some of which have been confirmed as well.
    Think about some of those we have been linked it who would fit into a high paced, accurate passing team like ours. (Not been like that yet, but thats what we’re shooting for)
    The striker would have to be technically very good, able to read the game and be quick with his feet and have some pace.
    Gameiro has this, Roux partly has this, Maiga partly has this, Ruiz has this, Erdinc has this, Cisse has this.
    All of whom we have been linked with and have had discussions with.

    The only lack of effort here lies with DL and Charnley, not being able to cash out a deal.
    Imo.

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  • Offkey

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #19

    Swisstone – also by your logic Man Utd, Chelsea etc. have crap scouting coz we all know the players they sign before they actually sign……

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  • LewSpi

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #20

    swisstone, I tell you what, there are some people with some controversial opinions on here, but this is a brand new one to me. So are you suggesting we should have scouted strikers which weren’t quite as good as what we did find?

    At the end of the day, G Carr will have been given a profile of a player to find in Europe, and he found plenty. Strikers who can score goals are worth their weight in gold, they don’t come cheap, becuase you can’t win football matches without scoring goals. It’s called Supply and Demand, if the seller knows that the buyer desperately needs his product, of course it’s going to cost more, this is not G Carr’s fault or problem, he found the players, it was MA’s problem as he refused to pay up.

    As well as this, you just have to look at some of the players Danny listed @10 for ‘unearthed talent’.

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  • swisstone

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #21

    Offkey – the player list would have nothing to do with it – i we had a good player within MA’s tight budget we would’ve signed him

    The list has obviously proven too expensive – which just to be clear i totally don’t defend – but if his brief was to find talented players at low cost he hasn’t delivered.

    Now if we’re saying there is no such thing, then whats the point in a scouting system? This blog alone has named tens of potential strikers. Anyone can identify good players, his job is to identify good players that don’t cost money.

    He has done that with Tiote.

    Look, i’m not a hater of Carr, just saying the way everyone makes out he’s th best thing since sliced bread is unjustified.

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  • swisstone

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #22

    And also just to be clear, I do think we needed a big money striker and I’m sure a couple that we identified would have been worth it

    But there’s a breakdown in communication somewhere if the player suggestions put forward were deemed too expensive by the club

    Or somebody somewhere has misjudged the curent market value of players

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #23

    @swisstone

    The point is, if there are players as good as Gameiro, at any age, they’re already known, and will always be expensive.
    Therefore, sometimes the greatest thing a scout can do, is unearth talent that have the potential to be the next Gameiro, but is 3-4 years from having the skills yet.
    Did u know Vuckic cost £2 million pounds at the age of 16, which is when we got him.
    When that lad is 23, he’ll cost £20 million, and we couldn’t afford him then.

    If you want 23 year old strikers that costs a snickers bar, u’d have to go the rainforest in the Amazons mate.
    The fact of the matter is, we’ll NEVER be the only team looking at a player, no matter what the age.
    It’s supply and demand, if many are in for the player, then the price will rise.
    And if u’re thinking price and the caliber of a player, look no further than Santon, Cabaye, Marveux, Ben Arfa, Tiote.
    Carr has done so much more than Tiote mate.

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  • swisstone

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #24

    Lewspi – as daft as it sounds yes I am suggesting we aimed to high with our targets – thats fact because we were unwilling to pay the money for them

    What is the point in spending time and effort scouting players MA is not prepared to pay for?

    Now I know you won’t know that necessarily until negotiations start, but there must be some idea – otherwise every club in the country would be trying to sign the worlds best players

    You need to know your limitations and unfortunatelf for us it seems under MA our limit is far lower than any fan wants it to be

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  • dannymatt

    Sep 3, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Tim Krul – We have to perform week in, week out. Really?

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  • mattnufc

    Sep 3, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #26

    Perform week in week out to inflate your value then get sold.

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  • Widowmaker

    Sep 3, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Are we Crewe Alexandra of the PL? As soon as a player is playing well, fans have to start worry about them been sold. 🙁

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  • joppadoni

    Sep 3, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #28

    @alienhunter lol

    i agree :S. signing up to this blog should require photographic evidence of never having worn red and white. the stuff some people say is insane.

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  • Offkey

    Sep 3, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #29

    Swisstone – but apparently we wouldn’t bid 250k for Situ because of a sell on clause……I presume bidding ridiculous amounts for players and then refusing to put in a sell on clause is GC fault…….

    Your belief is that they would have bid enough but Situ is one example and Erdinc another (7.5 mil but no coz of a bonus) that they wouldn’t go high enough on players they wanted apart from maybe Ruiz, but did they even want him……that 10.6 mil bid on ruiz could have probably secured Maiga and Situ or Erdinc and Situ if bid earlier.

    (The above is based on reports)

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  • toonfan76

    Sep 3, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #30

    @swisstone
    You can’t seriously be suggesting that Carr is even slightly responsible for our lack of Striker. He will be asked to identify a certain type of player that will adapt well to the prem. It’s not his fault that the club won’t pay what the players are priced at. Also we knew that clubs would hold us to ransom for players because of the 35mil in the bank. I put the blame firmly in DL and MA’s hands. A lot of the prices being quoted by clubs were pretty fair, (Pieters for example) But the tight fisted B’s upstairs wouldn’t pay it. You can’t blame Carr for that

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  • boater

    Sep 3, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #31

    I’m with swisstone- Tiote is the one stand out success… everyone else is on a list of ‘promising’ – and until they make a consistent impact on the first team, not in our best case scenario – fingers x’d FM manager imagination- they cannot be counted as a successful signing sorry. Doesn’t mean they’re bad – just in the – who knows category, until proven otherwise

    Gosling HAS to go down as a flop so far, by virtue of the actual time out he has now. What Carr has been asked to do – is sniff out deals and contract release clauses, which we have barely capitalised on – Roux, Neil Taylor, Situ, etc.

    Ba is on a pay-per-play contract due to his inability to pass a full fitness test… that says it all about Ashley’s real willingness to sign a striker.

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  • Offkey

    Sep 3, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #32

    Boater – I’m not saying all the signings he has had a hand in are the best in the world or will become the best…….hopefully they can…….I am just saying that on the basis of the evidence he cant be blamed for us not bringing in a striker or defender.

    He clearly identified cheap options, but however cheap, MA and DL wanted to haggle to the end and we have missed out on some targets due to this….

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  • north_country_boy

    Sep 3, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #33

    Bit off topic but why are some people wanting us to look around for freebie strikers…its quality we needed not quantity…why get the likes of Beattie, Kamara and Mcfadden when you will be stopping Sammy and Vuckic getting games…there is a reason they haven’t got a club at the moment and its cos they’re sh.it!

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  • boater

    Sep 3, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #34

    Offkey – That’s true, I agree. I don’t really think Swisstone is saying the lack of a striker lies with Carr from what I’ve read… that would be pretty nuts. The fact that I was looking up so many of his targets for the first time over the summer shows he is looking beyond the usual suspects for the right players.

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 3, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #35

    If Gosling is a flop due to his play time, then we should regard all players as such.
    Barton was a flop due to him spending 25% of his contract on the pitch, the rest off.

    I bet will arouse some attention.

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  • boater

    Sep 3, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #36

    NCB – true. I think people were understandably geared towards seeing someone come in that they want it now for the sake of it.. I can sort of see that, but it would just be adding another 6/10er to the 3 or 4 we already have… plus sammi’s chance to shine..

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  • boater

    Sep 3, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #37

    Dannyo – too right, Barton was a MASSIVE flop until the last 2 seasons. If someone who has spent an entire year on the sidelines is not a scouting ‘flop’ so far,, I don’t know what is.

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 3, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #38

    Agree on the getting a freebie in.
    That just wouldn’t make sense. Getting in players who’s on Lovens level…why?
    If it was to cover the CB position, i could be inclined to agree, but as for strikers, there’s just no point.

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  • AsprillaCartWheels

    Sep 3, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #39

    We probably have to work with what we have right now, small talks about what ifs over the transfer window is a little pointless now. Signing youngsters that could be the next ganeiro is a gamble, everyone knows about the Tozers, Zambleras, Kadars, Spears. Other than Kadar all these kids are no longer with us. What we need is to take a look at the scandinavian, belgium, greek leagues or even the reserves of a few top clubs in the land for quality yet affordable players. If buying cheap is a way the club is going to go forward, we really need to improve the scouting network and the youth academy.

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  • LewSpi

    Sep 3, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #40

    How is Gosling a flop? He was free! What Carr has eradicated is us paying way over the odds for a player, if we had paid £10 mil for Gosling, then based on what we have seen so far, he would be a flop, but he was free, and he’s been injured for about 90% of his time on tyneside.

    Again I go back to the example of Xisco, £5.7 million we paid for him, and that was in 2008, a time (although not too long ago) before the player market was as inflated as it is now (due to City’s excessive spending etc).

    If you’re talking about recruiting players who are worse than the ones which we scouted, I’d be afraid that you wouldn’t really be improving our current squad, because, lets face it, the ones we scouted weren’t exactly the Messi’s or Aguero’s of the world.

    Surely you can see that the club is better with Graham Carr than without, or would you rather have Dennis Wise back?

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