Tim Krul showed yesterday just how good a professional he already is, and the lad’s only 23.
Tim Krul – fabulous save from Whitbread yesterday
Tim Krul is our most improved player of the season with 52% of the vote, and he showed yesterday that he is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, and this is his first full season as the Newcastle number one.
Krul made a number of good saves yesterday, but one of them especially, from Zak Whitbread’s header, was put over the bar in brilliant style by the Newcastle goalkeeper – and that ball was moving fast.
Tim had just made a good save before that, and it’s not the first time that Tim Krul has saved Newcastle this season, and Alan Pardew has said the lad is worth at least 10 points to Newcastle this season.
We’ll have to mark down 2 points to Tim yesterday, who was at his best after the altercation with his Dutch team-mate Robin van Persie last Monday night seemed to be forgotten.
Alan Pardew paid tribute to Tim today, when he talked to the local press:
“You do not become a good side without having a good goalkeeper and Krul has been brilliant.”
“He has earned his new contract and he has repaid us with two saves. One of them was fabulous.”
And news today that with Chelsea getting through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup yesterday with a 5-2 pounding of Leicester, and with Torres finally getting two goals, Newcastle’s game at Chelsea on April 14th has been postponed.
A new date will be fixed soon, and it was a good day for Newcastle in the FA Cup yesterday, as the two sides on either side of Newcastle in the league table - Chelsea and Liverpool – both reached the semi-finals.
If a team above Newcastle in the league at the end of the season, wins the FA Cup, then an extra spot will be allocated in the league for the Europa League.
That’s because the team will very likely have qualified for Europe because of their high league position, and of course Liverpool already have done that by winning the Carling Cup.
If Liverpool finish above Newcastle in the league, it will not affect our chances of qualifying for the Europa League, because they have already qualified for it, but our goal has to be to finish in 6th position regardless.
And with the very sad events on Saturday afternoon at White Hart Lane with Fabrice Muamba, whose heart stopped for two hours, according to reports today, Bolton may forfeit the tie to Tottenham.
Bolton are not prepared to play the game at White Hart Lane next week, because it will be too hard emotionally for their players and their staff too return so soon to the scene of what was a tragic event in football.
It’s a very very sad story about Fabrice Muamba, and we continue to hope and pray he will come through this okay.