Tim Krul joined Newcastle in the summer of 2005 as a 17 year-old from ADO Den Haag, his home town team, when Graeme Souness was manager of Newcastle.
Tim Krul – at the final whistle on Saturday
And just over six years later Tim is the undisputed number one goalkeeper on Tyneside, and could become one of the all time great Newcastle goalkeepers alongside the likes of Shay Given and Ronnie Simpson if he continues the form he has shown this season.
And certainly Tim has put in some great performances for the Magpies, and manager Alan Pardew has said Tim could be worth as many as 10 points to the side this season.
Chalk up one point for Tim on Saturday at Old Trafford, as he put in one of his best displays ever for Newcastle, and was crucial in seeing Newcastle come away from the game with a 1-1 draw.
The whole defense put in another top performance on Saturday, and there were goal line clearances from Danny Simpson, and some crucial blocks form Steven Taylor and other terrific performances from captain Fabricio Coloccini and left-back Ryan Taylor.
Tim made some outstanding saves, especially late in the game when Manchester United surged and attacked Newcastle non=stop in those final 15 minutes of playing time, when Newcastle were down to 10 men after Argentine winger Gutierrez had been dismissed after picking up a second yellow card.
Certainly manager Alan Pardew thinks that Tim can become a great goalkeeper on Tyneside, as he had this to say after the game:
“Potentially, it is fair to say he could do that. But he has a long way to go. Shay Given was at the top of the tree for Newcastle for many years,”
“Tim has a great future in front of him if he keeps his feet on the floor, works on his game. Who knows what he can achieve?”
There is a danger because of his big success this year, he already has been capped twice at the senior Dutch level, that success could go to the lad’s head, but he seems very down to earth, and we really doubt that will happen.
But certainly he will need to forget about Saturday’s performance this week, and prepare for another tough upcoming game on Saturday, when Newcastle entertain Chelsea at St. James’ Park.
Chelsea are in 5th place, just one point and one place behind Newcastle in the league, so it will be important for Newcastle to try to get back to their winning ways in front of a sell-out crowd on Saturday.
For the record, Saturday will be Tim’s 50th appearance for Newcastle in all competitions, and he will have to be at his very best again if Newcastle are to get all 3 points.
The players will all be wearing black armbands, after the shocking news yesterday that former top Newcastle midfielder Gary Speed was found dead at 7:00 am yesterday morning at his home in Chesire.