We know there’s going to be a sizable clear-out of players this summer, and that Mike Ashley will provide the manager with a decent war chest to bring in new players, but Newcastle cannot allow a mass exodus this summer, because for one reason we simply wouldn’t be able to replace them all in one transfer window.
Tim Krul – could leave Newcastle this summer
And what worries us just a little bit is that a number of players seem to be wanting to get out this summer, after a terrible second half to the season.
There’s news today that Tim Krul is thinking of leaving the club, and while that’s not new news, it seems that this time it’s the player himself who wants to leave.
It’s an exclusive in the Star today, and this is what a source close to the goalkeeper had to say:
“Tim enjoys playing for Newcastle but at the same time, he wants to win trophies and play at the highest level.”
“He has some important decisions to make about his future and knows if he did leave, there would be no shortage of clubs wanting to sign him.”
One thing that may have caused this new attitude, always assuming the report is accurate, is that it looks like Tim will not make the Dutch World Cup squad, after only an average season at Newcastle.
The 26 year-old has always said in the past he wanted to become the Newcastle number one and then the Dutch number one, but Louis Van Gaal left him out of the last Dutch squad, and Tim’s only got 5 full caps for Holland, after playing for all the Youth sides from U15 through U21.
And the news today – speculative at best – is that Newcastle may try to bring former Academy graduate Fraser Forster back from Celtic, if Tim does leave the club.
Newcastle sold Forster to Celtic two years ago for a measly £2M, and now he’s an England International (one cap), but would give his England chances a boost if he was playing in the Premier League every week and not in Scotland.
And a week or so ago it seems Mike Ashley set the price of Krul at £10M, so once a club comes in with that kind of offer – Milan, Barcelona and Juventus have been linked in the past – he’s gone, whether or not it will impact the team.
That seems to be the daft way in which Ashley runs Newcastle United, where money is more important than the strength of our team.
It’s not hard to see why Newcastle have not been successful under the stewardship of Mike Ashley.