There have been many success stories in the Newcastle side this season.
Tim Krul – great season for Tim Krul
And one of them is Dutch International goalkeeper Tim Krul, in this his first season as the new Newcastle number one goalkeeper.
And he has kept 15 clean sheets so far this season in the league, and will just miss out on the Golden Glove in the Premier League to England goalkeeper Joe Hart, who kept his 17th clean sheet at St. James’ Park in Manchester City’s 2-0 win last Sunday.
In last summer’s pre-season, Krul beat out the incumbent Steve Harper, and Hexham-born Fraser Forster, who is completing a second successive season at Glasgow Celtic.
Krul has recently signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2017, and the goalkeeper, who turned 24 last month, had this to say today to the local press:
“I came back from pre-season last year after making my debut for Holland.” “I just wanted to be number 1.” “It was a hard-fought battle with Steve Harper and Fraser Forster.”
“I’m pleased the manager gave me the confidence because it really gave me a boost.” “It gave me the extra boost to show I’m capable.”
“We’ve exceeded everybody’s expectations.” “To be playing for one of the top four spots with one game to go is something special.”
“I think even the players’ expectations have also been exceeded.” “It has been a hell of an experience. Sometimes I pinch myself and keep thinking ‘this is my first full season, how do I top this’.”
“It’s been great and we’ve always talked about team spirit. I’ve always said that Newcastle should have a reputation as a top, top team.” “And we’re here now.”
“I’ve extended my contract and now I want to be playing for a club that fights for places in the top four.” “And that’s what has happened. I’m over the moon.”
“The club have shown the right aspirations here. They got Fabricio Coloccini to sign a new deal and myself.” “That’s the way I want the club to go.”
“We’ve also got people like Cisse here too and they are the type of players the fans want here too.” “To be where we are now shows that we’re going places.”
“We had a great season to go 11 games unbeaten.” “We’ve gone from strength to strength. Now we are just looking to go higher and higher.”
Everything is looking very good at the moment for Newcastle, although it looks we will be losing some first team players in the summer.
Danny Guthrie and Danny Simpson are both likely to leave, and Pardew is also worried about a top player who could leave.
We think that’s Demba Ba, and we can only believe that another club or clubs have already made an approach to Newcastle for the player.
What do you think?