It seems like Alan Pardew is a big admirer of the two goalkeepers in today’s Manchester City vs Newcastle game at the Eitihad Stadium.
Tim Krul – in great form for Newcastle United
Alan Pardew has talked to the local press today about the two International goalkeepers on display today:
“For the neutral, it’ll be a good comparison between the two keepers,” “They’re both of similar size and have similar attributes.”
“They’re both very good on the back pass, their distribution is good and, of course, the most important thing is that they’re great at making saves.”
“They’ve both done terrific. Tim’s been excellent for us, but I really like Joe Hart, he’s an excellent goalie and he’s done brilliantly for England.”
Krul seems to have put an end to the short time that Steve Harper was undisputed number one at Newcastle, after Shay Given left for Manchester City in January of 2009.
Steve had two and a half seasons as the number one goalkeeper at Newcastle, and has so far played 191 times for Newcastle, but Steve’s been at the club since 1993.
In those two and a half years Steve was number one goalkeeper, Newcastle were relegated, then got promoted and had a steady first season in the Premier League last term, to stabilize their position as a Premier League side. So the 36 year-old did the job for his home town club.
This season Newcastle seem to have taken off, and the 23 year-old Dutch goalkeeper has so far been superb for the Magpies between the sticks.
Steve Harper is currently on loan at Brighton, and has played four times for the south coast club, but his loan spell is up early next week, so it’s an open question as to whether Pardew will allow him to extend his stay at Brighton.
But it seems that Pardew has some trust in the untested 25 year-old Robbie Elliot, as he had this to say about Steve today:
“I’m not sure about the Christmas period because it’s a busy time,” “But for the next month, the loan looks okay. We’ll have to get through Saturday unscathed ourselves and then have a look.”
If Tim gets injured we would be just a little concerned about whether Rob Elliot could get the job done, simply because we haven’t seen him play too much, and he’s never played in the Premier League.
If that happened, and Tim missed some games, we don’t know if Alan would bring Harper back from his loan spell, but we think he would probably give Robbie a chance.
Newcastle still have Fraser Forster on loan at Celtic, but we have a sneaking suspicion that Newcastle could let him go, and as early as January if Celtic make a decent offer over £2M, for the Hexham born 6’7″ goalkeeper.
We’d be a lot happier if Steve Harper was the back-up goalkeeper, simply because he’s experienced and shown he can do the job for Newcastle, and we just cannot say that right now about Robbie Elliot.
But not surprisingly Harper is keen to get playing time, since it’s so late in his career, and we cannot blame him for that.
Newcastle also have top youngster, 18 year-old Jak Alnwick, coming through quickly and the England U20 goalkeeper is currently on loan at Gateshead, but has recently let people know that his aim is to be the Newcastle number one, as soon as possible.
What do you think about the back up goalkeepers at the moment?