There are various reports this morning that Alan Pardew of Crystal Palace is preparing the transfer of Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul to London, and we could see a big shake-up in the squad at Newcastle this summer.
Tim Krul – could be on his way
People would generally ask why would a player like Tim Krul want to join a smaller club like Crystal Palace after playing for Newcastle United.
But that’s exactly what Alan Pardew did early this year, and he’s had great success so far in London, and is set on building a top side in the summer with financial support from Chairman Steve Parish, and of course Palace will finish a lot higher in the table than Newcastle this season.
The story is in the Sun, and it wouldn’t surprise us too much if it was true, with 24 year-old Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow coming to Newcastle in the summer to join the first team squad.
We suppose he would fight it out with Rob Elliott for the number one jersey at the club, with 18 year-old talented Freddie Woodman looking like a star in the making, as Newcastle’s future number one goalkeeper.
There will be big changes to the Newcastle squad in the summer, but with Steve McClaren or John Carver as the new head coach it will be that much more difficult for Newcastle to bring in their top targets, because it’s obvious the ambition levels have not risen at the club.
We could still lose some top players before September, and we can see some big bids coming in for Daryl Janmaat, with Manchester United and Southampton said to be two clubs interested.
And it seems Moussa Sissoko just wants to leave Newcastle to join a bigger and more ambitious club who play in Europe every season.
Cheick Tiote is on his way out too – so it could be a busy summer for Newcastle, but we’d be surprised if any really good players would want to come to Newcastle.
The way the club is run financially by Mike Ashley makes it very difficult for any coach to succeed on Tyneside – although for younger players it could be a good stepping stone to a bigger more successful club.