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.