Newcastle’s Second String Goalie Brings Experience To Side


Tim Krul is ruled out for the next two or three matches with an elbow injury picked up on duty with Holland, and it looks like veteran 37 year-old goalkeeper Steve Harper will be in the nets on Monday night at Everton.

Steve Harper – likely to play on Monday night

Notice that Tim is said top be out for the next two or three games, according to manager Alan Pardew in his press conference last week, but since we’ll be playing two games a week for quite a few weeks,  that’s no necessarily two to three weeks out, as has been reported in some quarters.

This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today about Steve Harper:

“In terms of Steve’s character, he’s a strong character – he’s certainly played in more European and Premier League games than I have, so he’s got vast experience and we’re going to need that in this period.”

“Bringing Steve in might counteract the loss of Coloccini. He’s important in the dressing room, he’s seen the situations arise and knows what to do and what not to do, when you’re either winning or losing. That experience will be very important.”

“I think Steve was a bit unlucky last year. He obviously missed out on getting the number one shirt when it was up for grabs at the start of the season. I think that was a disappointment to him, then he got injuries but he has come back with renewed vigour to play and I think that’s important.”

“In training he’s been as good as I’ve seen him since I’ve been here and there’s every chance he will play against Everton. We still have Rob Elliot as well, who unfortunately got injured and has only just returned.”

Steve Harper has made a bit of a comeback at Newcastle this season, when it looked over the summer that he could move on to some other club, after spending a brief time at Brighton on loan earlier this year.

But it seems he has come back determined, and at least as far as Alan Pardew is concerned, performing very well in training, and Steve certainly looked confident and good in the pre-season games.

Steve Harper has also been linked with a future at Birmingham City with Lee Clark, as part of his coaching staff, but before that happens we’d like to see Steve offered a coaching role at Newcastle, a club he joined 19 years ago from Seaham Red Star.

It seems Rob Elliot is now the number three goalkeeper at the club, and that Steve Harper will be playing games in Europe this season for Newcastle, even after Tim Krul returns to the side.

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15 comments so far

  • SupaToonKid

    Sep 15, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #1

    From last post:

    SteveToon85

    Are you being serious! Santon is a quality player, he needs to work on his defensive game a bit but it has definitely improved from last season. Attacking-wise Santon is in the top 10 as a full back (no exagerration) with great pace, skills & a superb crossing/passing ability. Considering getting rid of him is ludicrous, the lad is 21 and already good, by 23 he’ll be quality & by 25 he’ll be one of the best FBs in the world. Sort yourself Steve!!!

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  • SupaToonKid

    Sep 15, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #2

    People who say Harps is past it are fools! Stevey Harper is not as good as he once was but is still a quality stopper & will provide adequate cover for Krul. Be happy lads a lot of other Prem sides have worse 2nd choice keepers than we do!

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  • Magpie from Lithuania

    Sep 15, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #3

    and i know AP uses stats to manage the team, so what the hell he is doing with that 4-4-2.Since we can’t corss the ball effectively, but still want to keep both strikers upfront we should play 4-1-2-1-2.

    ——————————-Krul——————————-

    ——————-Saylor————–Colo———————

    Santon———————Tiote———————–Jonas

    ——————Cabaye————–Anita—————–

    —————————–Ben Arfa———————–

    ——————–Cisse—————–Ba————-

    13Magpie from Lithuania // Sep 15, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Anita and jonas inter changing, Ben arfa between the dembas and given the free role. Santon overlaping and crosssing with his right would be decent i think.

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  • NUFCWill1986

    Sep 15, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #4

    We have pretty terrible GK cover. Jak Alnwick should be no. 3 not Elliot IMO

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Sep 15, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #5

    @SupaToonKid

    “People who say Harps is past it are fools! Stevey Harper is not as good as he once …”

    Foolish comment?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 15, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #6

    NUFCwill1986
    Have to disagree harper is a fantastic keeper to have as a back up and unfortunatly forster was always going to leave in search of first team football but the one thing nufc always seem to have is a string of top class keepers always have done!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 15, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Hatem
    Its great when you have to be so selective in quotes to try and make a point, read the whole comment not just the parts you want to read

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  • dmac

    Sep 15, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #8

    Im sorry and i love Harps for the years he has put into this club, but whenever he has played recently be it preseason or whatever he has shown that he is lacking speed, and thats important when running out to collect balls etc.

    Keep him around as he is a fanastic influence to have but he should never be 2nd choice.

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  • Magpie from Lithuania

    Sep 15, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #9

    Harps is a very good shot stopper,not as good as krul in the air tho. Krul is the best catcher of the ball in the league.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 15, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Dmac
    Fair comment but krul doesnt come out either thats why we look so shaky on corners and when he does come his punches are too soft, dont get me wrong krul is a fantastic shot stopper who earned us a tonne of points last season but he still has a few key aspects to work on especially his kicking!!!

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 15, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #11

    `I’d love to see Steve Harper continue to understudy Krul in the league and play his fair share of cup and European games for another 2-3 seasons. He looks such a poised and accomplished keeper when he plays that you feel confident that if he is given games then he can still do a job at the top level for a few years to come.

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  • Pushy Pardew

    Sep 15, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #12

    Magpie from Lithuania
    Your right Krul is amongst the best comer for crosses in EPL.
    Tads
    Clueless

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #13

    Pushy
    Bit rich coming from you lad

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  • Pushy Pardew

    Sep 15, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #14

    Jaw
    Have no worries with Harper in goal on monday. But Harps will soon be under pressure from Jak Alnwick who’s only 19 but a terrific young goalkeeper. Watched him a number of times and he is going to be a player.

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  • dmac

    Sep 15, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #15

    Im a big Krul fan, i would go as far as to say he was one of our best players. Last season he was impeccable and if he reproduces that i’d like to see him in the team of the year. He is a much better alround keeper than joe hart who is massively over-rated. If i was in goal behind that defence id look great aswell.

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