Newcastle Could Bring In New Goalkeeper Over The Summer


There’s talk again about Fraser Forster leaving Newcastle for Glasgow Celtic.

Fraser Forster – could join Celtic in the summer

It’s a strange position in the Scottish Premier League at the moment, because the usually two team league, could become a one team league shortly.

Rangers or Celtic have won the Scottish League since 1985-1986, after Alex Ferguson left Aberdeen to manage Manchester United.

And usually the other team has been runner up – but with Rangers going into bankruptcy,  it may be a one club league for a couple of years,  to allow Rangers to get back on their feet again, but maybe not.

Rangers have won the title 54 times, Celtic 43 times and the next teams on the list – Hearts, Aberdeen and Hibs have won it only four times – so it is a two team league.

There’s not much money in Scottish football these days,  and it may be difficult for those teams in the future, but Celtic had offered £2M for Fraser Forster last summer, and Newcastle turned that deal down.

There’s no reason since then that Fraser Forster has become any cheaper,  so we still think it will take more than £2M for Newcastle to let the Hexham-born keeper go.

However, there’s probably no future for Fraser at Newcastle now that Dutch International Tim Krul has become one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League,  so it wouldn’t surprise us if Fraser leaves Newcastle in the summer.

That would leave Tim and Rob Elliot, and we think Steve Harper could probably go out on loan in the last year of his Newcastle contract.

This is what Celtic manager said at Rugby Park last weekend, after Celtic had won the title by beating Kilmarnock 6-0:

“The feeling he may have got on Saturday . . . I think it would be very difficult for him to leave here now. He is making all the right noises, so it is a case of getting things sorted out.”

Another option for Celtic is to bring in Sunderland’s Scottish International Craig Gordon,  who is now the back-up at Sunderland, and will become a free agent in the summer.

Newcastle’s 18 year-old Jak Alnwick is a very good up and coming goalkeeper,  but we still think cover is needed for Tim Krul, and we’re not convinced Rob Elliot is the answer.

So it wouldn’t surprise us if Newcastle bring in another goalkeeper next season, to challenge Rob for the backup position to Tim Krul.

And it could be that Alnwick is sent out on a season long loan deal to get some good experience.

But we think Fraser Forster’s time now at Newcastle is limited.

Fraser has played 43 times with 24 clean sheets and with last season he has made 87 appearances with 48 clean sheets for Glasgow Celtic.

He has never played for the Newcastle first team in a  competitive game.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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16 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Apr 13, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #1

    Aha! Knew this topic would come up!

    Hmm – he might want to stay at Celtic for possibly 2 games of CL footy, but what if we qualify? He’ll be certain to get games in a season packed with them – Krul can’t play them all.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 13, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #2

    So Man Ure officially after Hazard. Quel Surprise!

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Apr 13, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Fraser to is a good goalkeeper, but manager will decide to keep him or to give Alnwick the 2nd keeper spot.

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 13, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #4

    Has he ever really been given a chance at Newcastle? I can’t recall any tbh but could be wrong

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Apr 13, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #5

    So what about next years kit? I really hope Puma don’t mess up, cause we’re going to europe and we should be looking pretty 😉 I noticed that for african countries they make really imaginative and beautifull jersies, but for national teams i have a different opinion. Also i do really like these years jerseys, with wide stripes (Like in the crest), but forme it lack a little bit “seahorse’s gold” (maybe numbers should be golden too?)

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Apr 13, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #6

    *national teams in europe.

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 13, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #7

    We were always gonna lose one of krul or Forster n krul is no1 Forster will move on bcoz he’s used to playing now n won’t sit on the bench

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 13, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #8

    Trol – the puma kits have already been leaked for next season a few month back

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 13, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #9

    Funny thought had Forster not gone out on loan again last season he would more than likely be our no1 keeper right now

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 13, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #10

    Trol here’s a link to the puma kits we don’t know if there final but they are real n not photoshopped

    http://www.footballshirtculture.com/12/13-kits/newcastle-united-12-13-puma-home-away-third-football-shirts-leaked.html

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Apr 13, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #11

    yeah i know, but i just hope they are not going to be official, i dont like those effects on the stripes and our jersies are BLACK with WHITE STRIPES, not vice versa. Really bad looking kit set… ;(

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  • SaulToon

    Apr 13, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #12

    The lad’s too goood for Scotland . Should wait it out for the summer and see if any offers come from teams that’ll be in the PL. Even if it’s a team coming up it’ll bow better for his international career then going to the SPL

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  • wynsleap

    Apr 13, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #13

    From what I’ve seen of Forster I don’t think he is good enough to trouble Krul at all. Keeping clean sheets against the likes of Hibs and Kilmarnock is a long way away from shutting out Drogba, Rooney, Van Persie, Aguero etc.week in and week out. Unfortunately I’m not convinced Elliott is good enough to step up in Tim’s absence either.
    A really good, young, talented keeper shouldn’t be too hard to find (or even too expensive).
    Bring him in and let him learn from the Dutch master.

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  • Crawfordladd17

    Apr 13, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #14

    I hope he goes to Celtic because he is crap, and I support Rangers as well

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  • Owldman

    Apr 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #15

    Didnt Forster have a season long lone at Norwich & was very impressive

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  • markmac

    Apr 13, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #16

    yes i think your right, but that was in the championship,

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