Tim Krul A Success Story Of Newcastle’s New Youth Policy


One of the successes of the season at Newcastle, and there have been a few, is the world-class form of 23 year-old goalkeeper Tim Krul.

Tim Krul – at Old Trafford recently

It was only in the summer that Tim finally won the Newcastle goalkeeper jersey from veteran Steve Harper  and a similarly aged young Fraser Forster.

But since he started this season, he has played extremely well and seems to be improving all the time, and his form at Old Trafford a couple of weeks ago was a sight to behold.

Tim joined Newcastle back in the summer of 2005 from ADO Den Haag, when Graeme Souness was the manager, and he made his debut in the UEFA Cup on November 2nd, 2006, away to  Palermo when he was just 18, and Glenn Roeder was the manager.

Tim was Man of the Match in that great 1-0 win, and he managed to keep a clean sheet, as he did on his Holland debut last summer,  when he was again Man of the Match in the 0-0 draw in Brazil.

Tim has talked about how well things have gone for him on Tyneside since he arrived as a 17 year-old:

“The manager has always insisted that if you’re good enough, then it doesn’t matter how old you are. I’ve always firmly believed in that myself, and I’m just glad I’ve got my chance.”

“Maybe in the past, keepers have traditionally been a lot older, but there are some top young goalkeepers around now and that’s very important.” “I want to stay at this club for a long, long time and, hopefully, because I am still only 23, I can do that.”

“I am loving life, and going to places like Old Trafford is special.” “Every game is bringing new challenges for me and it’s up to me to keep rising to those challenges. I’m very pleased with my game at the moment and with the way things are going.”

“To be honest, I couldn’t have wished for better.” “We are answering a lot of questions as a team this season and everyone is playing their part.”

“Old Trafford is one of the nicest stadiums in the country and the atmosphere was good.” “What a game to be involved in. Games like that are why you get involved in football in the first place and it was a great feeling.”

“Now we have Swansea and West Brom to come this month and they are games we have to win.” “December and January are always very important months during a season – it is after that when you can really see where you are in the league and start to see what can be achieved.”

“So we want to get that period off to a good start, push on and hopefully stay near the top of the league for as long as possible.”  “I can’t rest on my laurels and I can’t allow myself to relax, because I know Steve Harper and Rob Elliot are there to push me.”

“I can’t rest easy because I need to be on top of my game week in, week out.”  “The Premier League is not a forgiving place so it is up to me to show people what I am capable of in very game.”

“The fans have looked after me since the moment I arrived here.”  “After my debut in Palermo in the UEFA Cup back in 2006, there’s always been a special bond.”

With the back five being changed for the first time this season last Saturday,  and with the lads conceding four poor goals in the process,  the form of Tim Krul in the next two home games will be crucial.

We should have Colo back on Saturday and maybe even Cheick Tiote,  when Swansea are the visitors,  and then we entertain WBA next Wednesday evening.

Six points from those two game will put Newcastle right back in the top six, and the Magpies will continue their amazing progress that has been made this season.

Of course with world-class form comes interest from some big clubs,  and both Tottenham and Chelsea are said to be monitoring the progress of the young Dutch International.

Tim Krul will be an important player in those two games and in future seasons for Newcastle United, and we certainly don’t want to see the youngster sold.

We’d like to see Tim be a one club player,  and still be playing for Newcastle in fifteen years time – which is eminently possible in today’s world of football.

He’s one of the recent success stories of the new Youth policy at Newcastle United.

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11 comments so far

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 15, 2011 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Keep up your form and keep on improving you will become one of the best in the league and potentially one of the best in football, apparently talks are underway for a new 6 and a half year deal

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  • beefman13

    Dec 15, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #2

    You have been fantastic this season and long may it continue.

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  • BigKirky

    Dec 15, 2011 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Tim has been excellent and is most definately one of the main reasons why we’ve started so well.

    Im really looking forward to seeing Abeid involved on Saturday and I would like to see Haris get some minutes as well. It will be tough but if we apply ourselves I’m sure we can get three points.

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  • soundoid

    Dec 15, 2011 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Great keeper suspect defence… ahhh like the good old days.

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  • soundoid

    Dec 15, 2011 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Seriously tho i think the attacking policy of AP at Norwich will suit us at home. Swansea aren’t great away from home.

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  • ricky90

    Dec 15, 2011 at 2:51 AM

    Comment #6

    i think anyone here can somehow justify selling \any of our outfield players i.e tiote because it is possible that we will get another player or two in to replace him. However, selling Krul would be a deadly mistake, not many keepers at the moment as good as him.
    Neverthless, great, great keeper in the making.

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  • Sav

    Dec 15, 2011 at 3:32 AM

    Comment #7

    His coming for crosses and command of the 18 yard box is terrific. But as a shot-stopper, he may be stuck behind Vorm for a while yet.

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  • markmac

    Dec 15, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #8

    I remember his debut well,looked a great shot stopper even then, also remember seeing a certain mr carrol from bench i believe….

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  • magpiebop

    Dec 15, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #9

    Best keeper we’ve ever had in my opinion.

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  • Eyeball81

    Dec 15, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #10

    @Magpiebop

    Mate are you serious? I know he’s good but ‘Best keeper’ we’ve ever had may be a bit of an over statement!

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  • FrankfurtMag

    Dec 16, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #11

    I don’t think that is an overstatement at all Eyeball. With the exception of Shay Given, I can’t pick a keeper better than Krul that wore our jersey.

    Shay was our greatest asset for a long time and very under-rated yet Arsenal had the feelers out for him each transfer window for 6 years. Krul is performing equally well now, but there is a lot of attention on him.

    Don’t forget we have had some howlers between the sticks too. Super Duper Hooper springs to mind.

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