Tim Krul joined Newcastle when he was a 17 years old from his home town club ADO Den Haag, and he is a great example of how Newcastle can find young players and grow them into top class players at Newcastle.
Tim Krul – Holland’s new number one goalkeeper
Tim loves Newcastle United and he has talked about the Toon and their fans many times, and he always said the two ambitions he had in football were to become Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper, and then become Holland’s number one goalkeeper and emulate his mentor and idol Edwin van der Saar.
And Tim was preferred to number one goalkeeper Martin Stekelenburg on Friday night in the Holland game against Turkey, and Martin had taken over as the number one since Edwin retired.
But news from Tim himself today that he is the new number one goalkeeper for the Netherlands, and last week in training the coaches took him aside and told him the news.
He can thank the fact there’s a new coach, in the very experienced Louis Van Gaal taking over after the European Championships and Louis knows a good goalkeeper when he sees one.
This is what Tim told Goal about the news:
“The trainers took me aside on Tuesday, and told me I was currently Netherlands’ No.1 keeper. It’s dream come true, something I’ve always hoped for. Fantastic.
“At the Euros I was still third choice, but with a new trainer comes new chances, and everyone has to start from scratch. The trainer trusts me.”
And Louis Van Gaal also praised Tim’s performance against Turkey on Friday night, when Holland won 2-0, but Turkey attacked the Dutch from the first whistle:
“He has done well for me. Tim was calm. I followed Stekelenburg in Italy and at the European Championships. Last month, against Belgium he made a few mistakes, so I went for Krul.”
So we expect Tim to line up between the goalposts in Hungary on Tuesday night, for their next match in World Cup qualifying – and we’re sorry to have to mention this – but let’s hope Tim comes through that unscathed.
It’s great that Tim had two major goals in football and he has now achieved both of them, since becoming the Newcastle number one goalkeeper only last season.
Now he has to rack up those games and keep his performances at the very highest level, if he is to emulate a certain Edwin van der Saar.
Well done Tim Krul, and he learned well from Newcastle’s two top class goalkeepers over the last seven years, since he joined the club – Shay Given and Steve Harper.
Tim is a credit to himself and Newcastle United, and it’s great to have him at the club.