Tim Krul has made a good start to his career as the Newcastle number one goalkeeper.
Tim Krul – playing well at Newcastle
But after years behind both Shay Given and Steve Harper the 23 year-old will have been well schooled in not taking anything for granted, and also having good relationships with the other goalkeepers, even though they are competing for his spot in the side.
Steve Harper did his best to bring Tim along since Shay Given left the club three years ago, and the Dutch lad, who signed for Newcastle when he was only 17 back in the summer of 2005, has done very well this season, and seems to be learning from every game he’s played.
Apparently Alan Pardew also reminds the Dutch International goalkeeper not to take anything for granted, and Tim talked to the local press today:
“I’m playing now, week in, week out, and that’s great,” “But I won’t be resting on my laurels and the manager, quite rightly, will always be reminding me of that.”
“I’ve got Harps and Rob Elliot fighting and keeping me on my toes, and they will continue to do that.”
“Of course I’m more than pleased with the way things are going That’s 19 games in a row now – I’m playing well and feeling on top of my game.”
With Rob Elliot having been brought in last August, we expect Alan Pardew to allow Fraser Forster to join Celtic on a permanent basis some time, but only if they come up with the money, and it will have to be more than the £2M they bid for the Hexham-born player last summer.
Fraser Forster - could leave this month
If 6’7″ Fraser does leave, he will have never played for the Newcastle first team in a competitive game, due mainly to him being out on loan for the last two and a half seasons.
Forster has now played 124 times with 61 clean sheets in his career, with games on loan at Stockport County (7), Bristol Rovers (4), Norwich City (42) and Celtic (71), and he has made 27 appearances for Celtic this season with 12 clean sheets.
And of course Celtic have just gone top of the Scottish Premier League (SPL) after beating Rangers 1-0 at Celtic Park last Wednesday through a goal from Welshman Joe Ledley.
If Fraser doesn’t go to Celtic this month, there could be other clubs after him in the summer, and his old club Norwich City may be interested, with their current goalkeeper, 25 year-old John Ruddy looking only ordinary this season.
Fraser seems to like it up north and certainly Celtic are a big club and in Europe every year, but the SPL is also a poor league as far as the standards of play and the pitches go.
For the record, former ADO Den Haag player Tim Krul has played 35 times on loan at Falkirk (26) and Carlisle (9), and 55 times for the Newcastle first team for a total of 90 appearances.