Dutch Goalkeeper Positions Up For Grabs

It’s not too clear who the current Holland number one goalkeeper is, after Fulham’s Maarten Stekelenburg held the number one spot for a while, and Swansea’s Michel Vorm has played the most in the last few World Cup games, and of course Newcastle’s Tim Krul is also in the mix, although his injuries this year may have put him down the pecking order.

tim krul saves with left foot at spurs

One of Tim Kruls’ many saves against Tottenham

Alan Pardew put a word in for Tim after the goalkeeper’s fantastic display ay Tottenham on Sunday, and Alan said he was certainly Holland’s best goalkeeper – a subtle hint to Dutch coach Louis van Gaal.

Holland easily won their Group D and won nine of ten games and drew the other, and in their two qualifying games last month, in the 2-0 win in Turkey Jasper Cillessen of Ajax was in goal, with Tim and Michel Vorm were on the bench.

And in the previous game – the 8-1 win against Hungary –  Michel Vorm was the goalkeeper with Jasper Cillessen and Tim on the bench.

So there are a number of goalkeepers famed coach Louis van Gaal seems to be looking at for next summer’s World Cup finals,  and it will be a challenge for Tim to make the World Cup squad in Brazil next summer.

This is what the Newcastle goalkeeper said today:

“I’ve got a lot of confidence turning up for internationals.” “I’m looking forward to meeting up with them. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to play.”

“I made my debut for Holland in Brazil.” “Hopefully, I’ll travel and get a chance to play.”

Holland play Japan and Colombia in upcoming friendlies in this International break, and both 24-year-old Jasper Cillessen and 25 year-old Tim Krul are in the squad.

Two other goalkeepers in the mix are 22 year-old Jeroen Zoet of PSV, who Newcastle were interested in last summer, and Ajax’  27 year-old Kenneth Vermeer, who has lost his place to Cillessen this season.

At the moment it seems the three goalkeeper slots for the Dutch squad for Brazil next summer are up for grabs.

And if  we were to bet who the three would be next summer we’d plump for Michel Vorm, Tim Krul and Jasper Cillessen.

What do you think?

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7 comments so far

  • clinath@ed

    Nov 14, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #1

    IBIZA….to answer your question at #6……er, No, obviously.

  • G

    Nov 14, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #2

    If he can turn his performance against Spurs into a regular run of form its his place for the taking. Anybody else think that in that photo he looks like he ought to be doing a flying Karate kick?

  • bishopblaize

    Nov 14, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #3

    What more can we ask .. Keep up performances like past one and you’ll probably make next 3 World Cups

    (Good idea putting clingfilm over face of goal .. Hwtl)

  • Ancientcoptic

    Nov 14, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Krul’s game against Tottenham was amazing stuff, and he fully deserves the highest percentage backing ever given for a MOTM award… but it is worth considering that before this game he was the 17th in the list of 20 Premier League keepers for saves to shots ratio… he was saving 40% of shots on target. Now I we can all hazard a guess what that Tottenham score would have been, had he been having an average game based on his averages for this season.

    He has been with us, what seems a lifetime, but I still believe we need another good keeper to battle him for that number 1 shirt. He needs to have more good games, whilst having a spectacular game is amazing to watch, his averages need to come up a lot.

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 14, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #5

    Clinath…Thought as much.

    So then, you’ve pointed out my change in stance and not being such a fence sitter, where do you sit these days?

  • G

    Nov 14, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #6

    Ancientcoptic, I agree. I don’t see Rob Elliot as serious competition for him, not that Rob is a bad keeper, but if theyre both fit there is absolutely no doubt who gets the gloves dirty. Perhaps that’s why we keep getting linked to that PSV keeper Ed tips his hat to in the story?

  • bishopblaize

    Nov 14, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Bring back Frazer as a regular contender


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