Tim Krul The Most Improved Player At Newcastle


In our still active poll to find the most improved player at Newcastle this season, Tim Krul is leading with 38% of the vote with over 1000 votes already cast.

Tim Krul – what a goalkeeper this lad is becoming

And I’ve just watched the review of the game at Old Trafford on Saturday,  and you’ve got to give it to our lads for a magnificent display of guts and glory and not a little bit of real skill too.

And if the 23 year-old Dutchman, who joined Newcastle back in the summer of 2005,  continues his inspired form this season, he’ll soon be one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League,  and surely must soon become the Dutch number one.

And of course Tim was our Man of the Match with 71% of the vote, as he was just amazing with some of his saves.

Tim, who speaks with a Geordie Dutch accent, thinks Newcastle deserved the point at Old Trafford:

“We cannot be happier, we have had great results this season but this is right up there.”  “The effort the lads put in was incredible, they put their bodies on the line – what a game.”

“The only way to sum up the period at the end of the game was mad!”  “There were ricochets going in everywhere.”  “It was just a fantastic feeling to go off with a point.”

“Everybody went off smiling because everybody was fighting for each other.” “We knew we had to be on our toes and work our socks off. We did more than that.”

“The luck at Man City went against us.”  “At Man U it went for us, but we deserved it.”  “We were just happy to walk away with the point, which is more than pleasing.”

“We just showed we can compete with the best.”  “Demba was fantastic, he has done it all season and to step up in front of 75,000 with all of them whistling and trying to put them off was fantastic.”

“He is so cool and he has shown he is a fantastic player.”  “I don’t think there is a worse moment for a striker.”  “To put it away like he did was fantastic.”

Tim has been so much better than I ever expected this season, and it just shows you that players must have a decent run in the side so they can show Alan Pardew what they can do.

Ryan Taylor is a good example of that,  and he had another good game on Saturday,  and is currently in third place for the most improved player at Newcastle with 14% of the vote.

Steven Taylor, who was little short of heroic – once again – on Saturday lies in second place with 19% of the vote.

The real measure of any coach is if  they can get the very best out of the players they have available – and Alan Pardew has certainly done that this season, and all credit to the Londoner.

Newcastle will need to be at their best on Saturday afternoon against Chelsea, and we’re sure Alan Pardew will attack Chelsea, because their weakness is their defense, with some of their players not as good as they once were, with John Terry one example of that.

And with 52,000 screaming Geordies at St. James’ Park on Saturday, that should help win all 3 points, and that could put Newcastle 4 points clear of Chelsea and keep the lads in 4th place in the league.

No too bad at all.

Here’s the current result of the poll to find the most improved player at Newcastle this season, and if you haven’t yet voted, please do.

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94 comments so far

  • Incentino

    Nov 28, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #1

    I think Krul was good last year too when he was called upon. Steven Taylor’s had a couple of off seasons, but he’s really bounced back this season in my opinion.

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  • Dannyo

    Nov 28, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #2

    Leon Best is bottom?
    Imo he’s improved allot as a footballer, he’s shown he’s a menace now.
    Oh well, a 1000 votes don’t lie i guess.
    But then again, out of sight out of mind, currently.

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  • WWJBD

    Nov 28, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Dannyo
    From previous thread

    Best and HBA would be interesting but I doubt we will ever see it unless Ba is injured. I like Ba a lot but everytime I have seen him play (not just with us) he strikes me as a number 10 player himself, comes deep for the ball and likes to drift around a whole lot…him and Benny could strike up a good partnership but Ba would have to change his style imo which would be a shame

    Plus I love Best and Ba up front together they just clicked once Ba was fully fit

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  • WWJBD

    Nov 28, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #4

    On topic I picked Simpson but I was probably wrong tbf as he has improved on a game by game basis

    I would, begrudgingly (haha), change my pick to Saylor as he is slowly growing on me this season if I could

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  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Nov 28, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #5

    its amazing because any 1 of the players on that list could win it theyve all been amazing

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  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Nov 28, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #6

    i picked raylor you cant tell me he s not the Most improved

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  • WWJBD

    Nov 28, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Raylor well tbh I dont think he has improved. He was always decent, he seems better because he is out of position but he still gets covered a heck of a lot

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Nov 28, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #8

    they’ve all improved and that is probably down to the quality of coaching and motivation

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  • Dannyo

    Nov 28, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #9

    @wwjbd
    How technical do u reckon Maiga is? I mean, a real technical and speedy striker is what we lack imo.
    Best and Ba have decent pace both of them, but i don’t see either of them as real clinical finishers or to have that bit extra to do something more than being on the reciving end.

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  • kevymartins

    Nov 28, 2011 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #10

    All this talk about that pen

    Lets be fair benny did go over very easy and shout for the pen..And in my eyes thats what we need i would’nt say diver but a small tricky player that will win you stuff i mean every top team has 1 now .suarez,hernandez,aguero and so on

    An i hav’nt seen much write about obertoon an wow did that guy have a good first half ..evra just could’nt handle him

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Nov 28, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #11

    @ Dannyo

    Both Ba and Best are good finishers but maybe do lack that killer instinct that you’re on about.
    IMO we really need a Van Persie style of player – but it’d be dangerous to rely on a single player’s form the way the Gooners do at times.
    Is Cisse more technical than Maiga ?
    And how does De Jong fit your ideas ?

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  • Milner

    Nov 28, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #12

    With a passing thought about our next fixture rifling throu my brain, i cant help wanting a draw, and dreaming of a win.

    But what team/formation, will be best to unlock Chelsea’s 4-3-3, their dodgey defender Luiz, lethal Sturridge, and ever-present Lampard…??

    Marv is now a gonner for almost all the season, and Obertan flatters to decieve at times, altho possessing blistering pace….JOnas will be suspended…So:

    ……………Krul…………
    Simmo…Saylor…Colo….Raylor
    Obertan..Tiote…Cabaye…Sammy
    ……….HBA………………
    ……………Ba…………..

    Or: Match them on the 4-3-3 (unlikely – not eactly Pards style to start messing with formation):

    ……………Krul…………
    Simmo…Saylor…Colo….Raylor
    ..Gutherie….Tiote….Cabaye..
    Obertan………Ba……….HBA

    Floaters: Gosling/Sammy/Shola….Santon in midfield?Vucikc??

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  • WWJBD

    Nov 28, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Dannyo
    Ive never seen the kid play so I have no idea. I can only really go off youtube vids and comments I have read on here (of which a fair few were from sources whom can only see rainbows and puppy dogs haha) so going off that he sounds fan-bleeding-tastic 😉

    I would love him to be the answer to our needs but I think its more a case of the cheaper less good version of what Carr ideally wanted (completely pre-judging the lad I know and I will change my mind instantly if he starts banging them in)

    Have u seen him play?

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  • WWJBD

    Nov 28, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #14

    kevy
    Agreed Obertan had a very good game probably because he had a point to prove and working down the right with Simpson who also had a point to prove worked wonders for us imo

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  • seantoon

    Nov 28, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #15

    Off topic I think charltons left back wiggins has a bright future. He’s got pace and a great left foot

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  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Nov 28, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #16

    i wish we has the coca cola cup for players like vucic and abeid it will not be long before these kids get a taste and there both potential super stars

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  • Milner

    Nov 28, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #17

    obertan frustrates me a bit, cos he’s got lightening pace but the head is rarely up and looking for the early pass…..still, he’s prob our best right mid option…also he did a SICK PASS AS THE HALF TIME WHISTLE WAS ABOUT TO GO…more of that and i’ll never say another bad word about him.

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  • WWJBD

    Nov 28, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #18

    Papiss Cisse was one of my top picks for strikers at the beginning of the summer and I was chuffed when we were linked with him

    If we got him in then I might explode

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  • kevymartins

    Nov 28, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #19

    @wwjbd true he had a point to prove but as some of us including me and you said on here to the doubters the more time he plays the better he will get and i think that is starting to show

    That fella nicky maynard is starting to hit some form

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  • WWJBD

    Nov 28, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #20

    kevy
    Aye I am still on the fence with Obertan atm I was happy we signed him and overall happy with his contribution BUT when Marv is fit again I would still have him above Obertan though if he keeps sticking in performances like the ones against Stoke and Utd he might just change my mind

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  • warwick

    Nov 28, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #21

    What about a 4-2-3-1
    same back 4
    cabaye, tiote
    ben arfa, best/ba, obertan
    best/ba
    All switching around the front area through the match.
    Just straight off the top swap benny and obertan for the start form…

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  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 28, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #22

    Maiga is really quick and is good with the ball at his feet he’s the type of player who can create a chance out of nothing, he’s also the type of player who needs to be loved(a think thts the right term to use) he says he wants to play for Newcastle, Ive watched him alot since we wer linked.. He’s quite good in the air aswel, a think he would work well with both Best and Ba probably better with Best as both Ba and Maiga come deep to get the ball so they kind of similar in tht sense but also totally different if yous get my meaning

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  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 28, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #23

    a dont think Nicky Maynard will cut it in the prem.. he doesnt really do much in championship only really had 1 or 2 good seasons.. although he would defo be worth a gamble seens though hes available for free

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  • kevymartins

    Nov 28, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #24

    Hehe i bet he made sir alex have second thoughts

    Atm i am perfectly happy with are team and either maiga papiss demba cisse or maynard would be a bonus

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Nov 28, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #25

    Obertan has bags of potential, it’s all about coaching and confidence with that lad, the more games he get the more confident he will get, and with Pards’ hand on his shoulder encouraging him, giving him advice on little things he could be doing better I think we could, potentially, have a gem of a winger on our hands. It is such a shame that Marv is injured but great that Sammy is still there breathing down his neck so he knows not only does he have a point to prove to Man U but a point to prove the the Prem and to us that he is as good as he was once touted to be

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  • shpetmeister

    Nov 28, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #26

    ANyone noteced Krul kick outs? Honestly i dont have the Shay Given feeling with him. When Shay my man got the ball back from the deffender i never worried. With krul my heart stats beating fast. I think he should work more on his kick outs, this season ive sen to many go out on the left flank !

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Nov 28, 2011 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #27

    Wouldn’t worry, I thought his distribution against Man U was excellent where in previous games they have drifted a bit wayward, but like anything in Tim’s game, within time it will improve

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  • PureGeordie

    Nov 28, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #28

    geordietoon89
    where have u seen maiga play (like tv or youtube etc) and how quick do u mean?

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Nov 28, 2011 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #29

    If we can keep hold of the first 11 that started at Old Trafford, keep them fit, and add 2-3 players of genuine quality, then 4th spot is in the bag.

    Be interesting to see if the board will be persuaded to part with a bit more money in Jan. Sign 3-4 players in the £7-8 million bracket.

    4th place is there for the taking this year, and we may never get this close to it again for quite some time. So the board NEED to back Pardew, because they would make shed loads if he delivers Champions League football next season.

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  • martoon

    Nov 28, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #30

    All you lot putting HBA on the wing – he’s not a true winger and he won’t track back leaving our fullbacks exposed. Especially against Chelsea with their attacking fullbacks – Cole & Boswinga. He is best in the No.10 role just behind the striker.

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Nov 28, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #31

    Of course one of the best things about securing 4th place, would be to send Enrique and Carroll postcards from our Champions League travels….

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Nov 28, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #32

    It would be so ironic if we got to the CL and Liverpool didn’t considering that is the sole reason Enrique wanted to leave! haha anyway it’s a pipe dream lads the season is long and we are riding the crest of a wave, to say the 4th spot would be in the bag with one or two signings isn’t quite accurate, Arsenal are a top side, Liverpool will probably spend shed loads in January, Chelsea have more experience and will come good, it would be a big ask but I’m a dreamer as much as the next Newcastle fan haha

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Nov 28, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #33

    @ Martoon

    Guthrie’s not too bad on his left side but no winger – so play him a wee bit wider on the left side of midfield in a 4-3-2-1-with HBA and Obertan behind Ba. Going to need plenty of cover for Sturridge anyway.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 28, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #34

    PureGeordie – (TV) Ive got a mate who can literally get anygame on the tv a dont know if its via a stream but anyways a get him to record Sochaux games for me this season not every one but most of them and we sit and watch them on a sunday night after work couple of beers.. sad ano but well a like to do me homework on a couple of players plus gets me out the house nd out with the lads couple of beers n tht..
    As for how quick, Well hard to explain but giving it a shot a think ad compare him to maybe inbetween Agbonglahor and Bent.. ?

    Jamesthefirst – Pardew has says we’ll only be signing upto 2 players and only will we sign more if people leave.. the two players id imagine are 1 striker and a defender

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  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 28, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #35

    Just got me shirt done..

    SPEED
    11
    R.I.P

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  • studsy

    Nov 28, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #36

    GeordieToon89 – you had me quite excited until you put him between 2 of the slowest premiership strikers in terms of speed lmao

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  • Toon Tang

    Nov 28, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #37

    gt89 the other day you said on here that a link you used for the manutd game was good quality over the usual stop-start shite you see on here. what was it lad so i can bookmark it?

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  • carrollsinger

    Nov 28, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #38

    If krul keeps it up he will be sold to the highest bidder like tiote and colo will be in jan! Simples
    I’m a toon though and though but see it coming a mile off

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  • Marty-Toon

    Nov 28, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #39

    Agree that Ryan Taylor has improved a lot but when an opposing player comes at him on the outside he seems to be so wrong footed.
    Colocini saved his neck several times.
    Would like to see him on the right wing n maybe Santon at LB but of course we dono how he is doing,is he ready for the PL?
    Only AP knows that.
    Great defence and keeper.
    Hope Tiote is back n give Danny a rest.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 28, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #40

    studsy – Maybe i used the wrong comparison haha but Agbonglahor is extremly quick when he gets going, and Bent is also very very quick when he gets his engine going.. but i’ll try think of a more clear comparison mate although he is very very quick trust me

    ToonTang – It was a link sent from a fellow poster on here called Lewspi the link he posted was

    http://extreme-goal2.blogspot.com/p/cchanel1.html

    it was a very good link not one problem what so ever perfect quality and never froze once was like watching it on the TV

    http://extreme-goal2.blogspot.com/p/cchanel1.html

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