Alan Pardew has said that Tim Krul came very close to missing the crucial home game against Stoke City last Saturday, because of his back spasm.
Tim Krul - been in terrific form for Magpies this season
And the Newcastle manager and the Newcastle medics are continuing to monitor the Dutch International goalkeeper, who has been in such terrific form for Newcastle all season – his first full season as the Newcastle number one goalkeeper.
Tim has played in all the 34 league games this season, and has a total of 38 appearances in total for the season, and 72 in total for the Magpies so far in his bright career.
Alan Pardew was asked today just how close Tim came to missing the game against Stoke City:
“Very close. He didn’t train all week.” “I wouldn’t have hesitated with Rob Elliot, though.”
“Harps was also terrific in the dressing room in terms of whether he was going to be on the bench.”
“We’re in a great position.” “We’ve got to try and play the best we can in the four games left.”
If Tim hadn’t made it then Rob Elliot would have started between the sticks, and the much more experienced Steve Harper would have been on the bench.
So it would appear that Steve is now the number thee goalkeeper at Newcastle, and with one year left on his Newcastle contract, he could be loaned out next season, and Newcastle could bring in another young goalkeeper in the summer.
We do expect Fraser Forster to move permanently to Celtic in the summer, and we expect Steve Harper to become a Newcastle coach down the road, once his playing career is over.
But the camaraderie between the three goalkeepers last Saturday seems to have been great.