Newcastle Could Let Young Goalkeeper Move On This Summer


There’s news on BBC Sports that Celtic want Newcastle 6’7″ goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

Fraser Forster – in action for Celtic

Fraser has been on loan for the last two seasons at Celtic, and during that time he has appeared 91 times for  the Scottish Champions.

Of course it’s not a certainty that Celtic will be able to agree a fee with Newcastle, for the Hexham born player, who turned 24 last march.

Last summer Celtic wanted Forster but Alan Pardew turned down the £2M offer made for the goalkeeper, and it’s a good question whether Celtic will come up with the fee that Newcastle want for their young goalkeeper.

It doesn’t seem there is a future at Newcastle for Forster, now that Dutch International Tim Krul had such an outstanding first season as the Newcastle number one last term, and Tim was one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.

And Newcastle will probably be willing to sell Fraser this summer, but the Newcastle goalkeeper should probably wait a while during the summer, because  it wouldn’t surprise us if some Premier League clubs could be interested in him.

Certainly playing in the Premier League would enhance his chances of getting an England call-up.

Fraser has been at Newcastle since 2006, but has never played in a competitive game for the Newcastle first team, and that’s mainly because he’s been away on loan since late 2008, at Stockport County (7), Bristol Rovers (4), Norwich City (42) and Celtic (91).

So in his time out on loan over the last four seasons, Fraser has played 144 first team games, and has kept an impressive 75 clean sheets – more than half of the games he’s played.

We expect Newcastle to sell Fraser in the summer, and bring in another goalkeeper, and it seems that veteran Steve Harper is also out of the reckoning on Tyneside.

We expect Steve to go out on a season-long loan to see out the last year of his Newcastle contract, and then it wouldn’t surprise us if Steve joins the Newcastle coaching staff – maybe with the youth side.

We should see a new goalkeeper coming in over the summer, although 18 year-old England U20 International, Jak Alnwick, has been very impressive for the Reserves last season.

Comments welcome.



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102 comments so far

  • hainesy

    May 22, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #1

    Really on the fence about this one? Part of me says let him go, the other half says he could be a future England player.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 22, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #2

    hainsey

    I know what you mean. If we sell this lad, then we have to commit to keeping Krul for a few more years at least.

    None of this ‘Well, every player has their price’ stuff. That’s acceptable for some players, but if we let go of one brilliant young ‘keeper, we cannot let go of the other as well.

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  • Dannyo

    May 22, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #3

    I doubt we’ll look at GKs tbh.
    We have Krul, we have Elliott who’s surely improved allot. No way one can base our entire view on him as a GK on one or two displays early season.
    Also, as Ed says, there’s Alnwick, who seems to have great potential.
    Again, i don’t see us grabbing another GK.

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  • cupiddstunt

    May 22, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Hainesy I fall on the let him go side of the fence, I have seen several of his games and he has never struck me as a Wow he is some keeper.

    Yes he is a big lad and takes some getting around psychologically you would not try to lob him unless he was up on the half way line but at the same time he has never grabbed my attention.

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  • hainesy

    May 22, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Something tells me we’re not sure if Krul will be here come the end of the summer so we might keep him and have him as the number 1.

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  • JTOONJ

    May 22, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #6

    I reckon we should loan him to an English team, as his value could increase dramatically if he is a future england player. We all know British players are overpriced.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 22, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #7

    cupidstunt

    He’s got a few massive flaws, such as his inability to get down to the floor remotely quickly. But he’s very young.

    Krul has his weaknesses. His distribution is awful, and shows no signs of improving haha.

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  • timuJ

    May 22, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #8

    SANTON! class player

    http://nufctalk.net/?p=236

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 22, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #9

    timuJ

    A shameless plug! Good article though (;

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 22, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #10

    I think it would be a right result if Forster showed the lack of ambition Steven Harper did and would be happy to sit on the bench till he’s 35

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  • WWYCD

    May 22, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Shame to see another real home grown player leave but he wants first team football and if we keep Krul he wont get it here though I have far more faith in him than our current back up

    Also doubt we will be buying another GK this summer isnt that Alnwick(sp?) meant to be highly rated isnt he?

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  • richardj1986

    May 22, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #12

    My opinion is not worthwhile but I would loan him to a prem league side…. Some1 must need a keeper. Look at hart at Birmingham… Now look where he is England’s number 1

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  • davybtoon

    May 22, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Wwycd I think alnwick is highly rated n can see him n elliott being the back ups

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 22, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Richardj,
    Unless you sing the praises of Mashley, your opinion is always worth while my friend.

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  • check the toastie

    May 22, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #15

    In my opinion Forster should join Chelski as he is gud at saving penalties and in champions league games it is actively encouraged by Di Matteo to defend all game give loads of chances away and concede penalties in most games.

    This is the new way to succeed consistently in football by all accounts. Even better if you can have less than 30% possession and play most the game with 10 men, then you really are onto the new brand of total football. Oh my Godddddddddddddddd.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 22, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #16

    richard

    Who do you think would take him? A newly promoted side is always a good bet – do Reading have a decent ‘keeper?

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 22, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #17

    check

    Absolutely everyone appears to disagree with you. Give it up.

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  • WWYCD

    May 22, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #18

    check
    Really not doing urself any justice here mate

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  • GeordieToon89

    May 22, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Check – Can you remember when we played Swansea? and we defended all game? Swansea had like 70% of the possession a didnt see you complaining then when we won..

    If your a weaker team who play a different brand of football and you know you can rely on your defenders then you play the counter attack football which is what Chelsea done against Barcelona and Bayern nothing wrong with that atall.. anyways your supposed to be a toon fan so whats your problem with another team concentrate on your own

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 22, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #20

    WWJBD

    Are you confident that Krul will be here next season? I’m a little worried by Tottenham. Friedel is 40 (?) now, and won’t be around much longer…

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  • Offkey

    May 22, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #21

    Have to agree with Check with his last comment. Dont get me wrong, I was cheering them on as I thought we could make more gains on Spurs if they dont get CL money…..

    It wasn’t just luck, just like us finishing above the European Champions wasn’t just luck. But the way they did it wasn’t great……..

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  • Dannyo

    May 22, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #22

    @check
    Not a fortunate rant mate.
    Di Matteo saw that he couldn’t beat them player for player, so he beat them team for tactic.
    They are worthy winners, cause they fought as a team, despite being underdogs on 3-4 occations.

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  • WWYCD

    May 22, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #23

    TDS
    I am actually, it would take a big bid to dislodge him and for Ashley to agree to it and in general GKs dont demand huge fees.

    Not scared of Spurs at all, I think it would be a very sideways move for Krul they arent CL and they arent much stronger than us imo plus Krul seems to love Newcastle

    I reckon Spurs will keep Friedel for next season though they could move for Green or Vorm

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 22, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #24

    The reason I talk about Harpers lack of ambition which was a great bonus for us,is that the lack of English goalkeeping talent after Seaman retired was laughable I think Forster has his eye on the English Jersey in which my opinion Harps could have easily had.

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  • hotdog

    May 22, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #25

    A different perspective on the Chelsea Euro cup win from a youngster. My lad, said “that is just wrong and not football, how did they win that”. Naive maybe but they wont have the younger generation worldwide looking up to them the way they do with Barca!

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  • hotdog

    May 22, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #26

    On Foster id keep him – I think he is a top keeper but he probably wants away for first team footy.

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  • nufc_eire

    May 22, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #27

    Off topic but not sure if anyone else said this before. Remember when pardew said that he wanted a centre half who can score 8 goals a season? Thats the exact amount that Ventonghen scored last season for ajax……..maybe a potential clue? I know spurs pretty much have him at this stage but can always live in hope! Definitely should be our big signing in the summer

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11675/7771211/Levy-in-Vertonghen-talks

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  • kevymartins

    May 22, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #28

    Any one else notice that tiote is not in any of the new strip pics on the club shop and his Mr.t tshirts are on sale or am i being paranoid?

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  • WWYCD

    May 22, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #29

    kevymartins
    To my memory Kevin Nolan was the led in our new strip promotion last season….relax

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  • WWYCD

    May 22, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #30

    lead*

    Ah stuff it thats a sign I am done for the night

    Have a good un lads

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 22, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #31

    hotdog

    Mate, if your lad wants a team to look up to, I’d hope it’s not Barcelona.

    The club spends £80m at a time on players whilst £400m in debt, their players have recieved numerous complaints about racial abuse, and they removed the Unicef logo on their shirts to replace it with the Qatar foundation, a country not exactly known for it’s human rights.

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  • tarie4

    May 22, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #32

    ToonDownSouth

    Spurs won’t be able to afford him…i am not scared about them, they have no money…krul will mot join another premier league team, man U have degea city hart, Chelsea have petr cech, and that young lad at a.madrid, arsenal have that polish lad, where else could he go..?? Spurs will want someone on the cheap, and krul is not cheap at all.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 22, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #33

    Not to mention that they refuse to even entertain the idea of sharing La Liga’s TV rights income more fairly amongst the teams.

    They’re a horrible corporate organisation, which somehow gets completely masked by some good football and a large posession stat.

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  • kevymartins

    May 22, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #34

    yes but all this then us apparently signing mark davies when we have tiote cabaye abeid vuckic ryan taylor gosling the dots are coming soon we will be drawing the lines

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  • tarie4

    May 22, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #35

    I’m sorry to rain on peoples parade here, but Forster future English international?? He is about the same age has hart..and besides hart, they are far better options than Forster.. For me, he won’t get anyway close to be a English international…

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  • Tsunki

    May 22, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #36

    Can’t quite get me head round why chelsea CL win is part of a GK article, but I will say that I dislike Chelsea of old but hats off to playing to their lack of strengths and outfoxing a technically better team on the night. We would have been dancing in the streets if we did that. It’s another facet of football and shouldn’t be dismissed in a simplistic way as a crap team digging in and mugging a ‘nice’ team on penalties. That’s just naive.

    Anyway on the subject of reserve GK, am I missing something, or do w actually have a top-notch Dutch international, who if he gets injured, will hand over this jersey to a largely untested cheap backup. And all the while we are saying FF is crap, even though since his relatively poor pre-season has been followed by a fair old season at Celtic. Surely he must have improved by now if they want him? Is he really not good enough as backup, and as a keeper who could feature a lot in the next season? If he wants to stay with Celtic I class that as lack of ambition, as they will do their usual and eke their way to a dismal end in the group stage of CL. If he wants to test himself he should stop looking for a bag full of trinkets north of the border and play for us, see where he gets. If he doesn’t do well. he can get a transfer back up north.

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  • tarie4

    May 22, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #37

    Kevy

    Dnt U think Davies is a Guthrie repalcement? We are also losing smith, so we need to fill that space up, abied is untried, so his vucik, I think U are scaremongering here mate.

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  • hotdog

    May 22, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #38

    Toondownsouth – not a barca fan then 🙂
    At the end of the day he looks at the football played like i do and they are fooking brilliant – Strangely i enjoy watching Iniesta more than Messi. Taking him to the second leg of the copa del rey final in August might also have swung it haha

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  • tarie4

    May 22, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #39

    Tsunki

    Its not a question of is he not good enough, but more of does he want to play second fiddle to krul?? Remember keepers dnt get injured a lot, so if U are on the bench, the probabilities of U playing are very slim.. Even man city dnt have an amazing keeper as second choice.

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  • hotdog

    May 22, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #40

    Toondownsouth – not a barca fan then 🙂 At the end of the day he looks at the footy on the pitch which more often than not is brilliant. Taking him to the copa del rey final in august at the nou camp might of helped also haha

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