There’s no doubt that one player who has been in excellent form and one reason why Newcastle have made such a great start to the season is new number one goalkeeper Tim Krul.
Tim Krul – could be in goal for Holland
Tim is off on International duty and it will be interesting to see if he can start for the Holland side, and become Holland’s new number one goalkeeper.
And news today issued by the Dutch FA, may mean that first choice goalkeper, Maarten Stekelenburg, will not even be in the Holland squad.
“Maarten Stekelenburg headed on Monday for the training camp in Noordwijk, not with the Dutch team.”
“The goalkeeper is undergoing further investigation following the head injury he suffered two weeks ago in the league game for his club Roma against Inter.”
“This will show whether the goalkeeper can be part of the squad.”
Pardew was delighted with Tim Kruls’ display on Saturday at Wolves:
“Tim was the best player by some distance.” “We don’t want that because it means we’re not controlling the game.
“When we need him, and it will happen, he’ll come to the fore.” “He was magnificent.”
“I thought the first save he made in the game, from Jamie O’Hara, was his best. I thought that was in.”
Players who have had recent head injuries are very rarely risked, and we’d be very surprised if Maarten links up with the Dutch squad at all, and there must therefore be a very good chance of Tim Krul getting another chance in the Holland goal.
But Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm is expected to take Stekelenburg’s place, according to today’s reports, when the Netherlands play Moldova in Rotterdam on Friday and Sweden four days later in Solna.
It would be a surprise, after the way Krul has performed this season for Newcastle, if Vorm is preferred in goal, but we’ll see.