We have to say that Tim Krul’s performances in the Newcastle goal this season have far exceeded our expectations.
Tim Krul with Dutch team mate Rafael van der Vaart
Tim has been excellent and has saved Newcastle quite a few times this season, and we point to his wonderful world-class save after just 6 minutes in the last league game against Wigan, as a case in point.
Tim doesn’t turn 24 until next April, and of course he is still young for a goalkeeper, and as long as he takes care of himself and avoids major injuries, he can be playing for another 17 seasons at the top flight, with goalkeepers able to go until they are 40 years old these days.
As one example of that, Edwin van der Sar, Tim’s hero and mentor, played until he was 40 years old, and he made 130 appearances for the full Netherlands side, and that’s something Tim will no doubt try to emulate.
And last Wednesday at Blackburn, Tim made some great saves to keep Newcastle in a game they almost won, after being 2-0 down with just three minutes of injury time to play in normal time.
Today manager Alan Pardew has hailed his new number one goalkeeper, but at the same time Tim will need to keep up his good form to retain the number one position at Newcastle:
“More or less from the day I arrived, Tim has been growing as a person and as a player,”
“Because he is a laid-back character, he has to be careful not to slip into complacency and I know he’s very conscious of that. He hasn’t.”
“And if he can stay where he is at the moment, he is going to gain us at least 10 points this season.”
It appears that Time Krul is still the number three goalkeeper for Holland, with Maarten Stekelenburg the number one, and Swansea City’s Michael Voom second in line, but we expect that to change before the European Championships next summer in Poland and the Ukraine.
We could well see Tim even starting for Holland in that tournament.
That’s possible if Tim keeps up his remarkable form for Newcastle this season, but he cannot lower his standards one little bit.
Tim has been at Newcastle since the summer of 2005, when he was signed by then manager Graham Souness as a 17 year-old, and he has now played 45 times for Newcastle and twice for the full Holland side.
Tim is turning into some goalkeeper for Newcastle.