Fraser Forster seems to be doing well out on loan at Celtic this season.
Fraser Forster – playing well on loan at Celtic
In the last two months or so he has had good reports and seems to be in top form, but we wonder if he has any future at Newcastle.
Fraser had his big chance last summer on Tyneside, but he didn’t look all that sound, although he did have a couple of games where he looked good.
But Holland International Tim Krul has firmly nailed down the number one jersey on Tyneside this season, and Fraser has said before that he doesn’t want to be on the bench at Newcastle.
We were fairly sure he would be sold this summer, but if he continues to play well up north then maybe Alan Pardew will want to take another look at him in the summer.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon is talking as though it’s almost a done deal that they will sign Fraser:
“We have had communication with his agent, I’ve had a chat with Fraser this morning and we hope we can get something sorted out in the near future.”
“You are never confident on these things but we have made our approach and told him how we see things and that we want him here.”
“It is basically down to his agent, himself and Peter Lawwell, chief executive to get a contract resolved.”
And then the news that’s been hitting the papers is when Lennon was asked if Fraser should get an England call-up, and this is what the Irishman said:
“Well, why not? I look at some of the other goalkeepers who have been involved in the England squad.
“I think Joe Hart is outstanding, I think he is clearly the England number one but the way Fraser is progressing.
” I wouldn’t want to throw him in too early, but the way he is playing, why not?”
A number of top England goalkeepers have said they don’t want to play for England any longer, WBA’s Ben Foster and Blackburn’s Paul Robinson being two of them.
But now with Italian Fabio Capello gone, they may change their minds, especially if Englishman Harry Redknapp gets the job.
23-year-old Forster would be happy enough it seems to move to Glasgow on a permanent basis, but we have a feeling some clubs in England may be interested in taking him, and the standard of football is better in England.
But at least in Scotland he would be guaranteed European Football, since it seems that Celtic and Rangers are guaranteed that every season, because of their domination of the Scottish Premier League.
Forster is on his second season-long loan deal in succession at Celtic, and the season before that he helped Norwich City get promoted from League One, where again he had an outstanding season.
This is what Fraser said, when he heard his manager was recommending that he get an England call-up:
“It was very kind of the gaffer to say that about me,” “I obviously have international aspirations. I would like to get a call-up sometime in my career, that is an ambition of mine.”
“But it is very important to play well for your club and keep working as hard as you can and if any of that comes it is a bonus.” “I have been pleased with my performances and the way things have gone over the last couple of months.”
“I just want to play well for Celtic and it is up to other people if they think I am doing well enough, it’s not really for me to say.”
We think Pardew has probably seen enough of Fraser and with his unwillingness to sit on the bench at Newcastle – and we cannot blame him for that – we think he will be sold in the summer.
The fee Celtic offered last summer was £2M, but we think it will take more than that for Newcastle to sell the 6’7″ Hexham-born keeper.
And don’t be surprised if one or two English clubs, even in the English Premier League, come in for him over the summer.
Fraser still has two and half years left on his five year deal at Newcastle, and other clubs possibly becoming interested is one reason Neil Lennon is trying to get him signed up to a provisional deal in Glasgow right now.
What do you think?