Tim Krul joined Newcastle in the summer of 2005 from his home town club ADO Den Haag, when he was just 17 years old, and Graeme Souness was the Newcastle United manager.
Tim Krul - cost £176K seven years ago
Tim signed at Newcastle on an initial three-year deal, and his club demanded a compensation fee and appealed to the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber, and when they refused to hear the appeal Den Haag took the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
And the CAS finally ruled in February of 2007 in favor of Den Haag, and Newcastle had to pay out €220K (£176K) in compensation to the Dutch club for their local lad.
So even in those days Newcastle were haggling at the fee fro players, but Tim Krul, seven years on since joining Newcastle, is the number one goalkeeper on Tyneside and a Dutch International.
And last season, in his first season as Newcastle’s top goalkeeper, he was one of the best goalies in the Premier League, so it’s fitting to look back and see one avenue through which Newcastle can get good players in without having to pay daft fees for them
And we wonder what a certain Gael Bigirimana is going to be like in a couple of years time, as the 18 year-old has just been brought in from Coventry City this summer, and is another young player with enormous potential.
Tim Krul who was born and raised in The Hague and joined Den Haag from school way back in 1996, when he was just 7 years old, and it was fitting that he returned home on Saturday afternoon with Newcastle United, who were 5th top of the Premier League last season.
This is what Tim said about the game on Saturday, and his return was a moment of triumph for the local lad:
“It was another good game for us. We didn’t concede any goals and that is great for the defence and me and I thought we played pretty well.” “It was nice to be back and see some old friends. I have great memories of being with Den Haag who helped me to get a move to England and Newcastle.”
“I had eight years at the club and I will always be grateful for what they did for me. There was a lot of the Krul family at the game.” “It would have been better to win the game and we had enough chance to score, but right now getting everyone fit is the main thing.”
Tim is a great example of how Newcastle can build top players for the future, and it’s the one we like the best.
Other players who were brought in when young and look to make the grade at Newcastle United are Mehdi Abeid, Haris Vuckic and new boys Curtis Good and Gael Bigirimana
We keep these lads separate from all the local lads at the club, like Sammy Ameobi, and when Tim was brought in Newcastle didn’t even have an active youth policy.
But we do now, and this is one way to build Newcastle into a top side again, and it’s good to remember how we brought in Tim and developed him into the top player he is today.
And it must have been a triumph for Tim, and for Newcastle, to play his former club Den Haag on Saturday afternoon, and it was also fitting for the Dutchman, the local lad – to keep a clean sheet.
Tim is almost a perfect example of how Newcastle can bring in young players and build them into top stars – and he cost only £176K – and how much is he worth today?