Tim Krul was unsettled last summer, mainly because of Newcastle’s complete lack of ambition, so it will be interesting to see if the Dutch International goalkeeper will push for a move out of the club again this summer.
Tim Krul – is he unsettled at Newcastle?
Tim did not play well in the second half of last season, but not many players did under John Carver, and we expect that new head coach Steve McClaren will want to take a good look at all the existing players in pre-season, before he allows any one of them to leave the club.
The Sun is reporting today that Crystal Palace and Alan Pardew are willing to pay Tim £50K/week in wages – which it says he is seeking this summer – with his wages at Newcastle at the moment said to be around £30K/week.
The transfer fee mentioned is around £8M.
Pardew gave 27 year-old Tim his big break at Newcastle when he made the Dutchman our number one goalkeeper in place of Steve Harper for the 2011-2012 season, and Alan Pardew is a known admirer of the goalkeeper.
Tim has a contract at Newcastle which still has two years to run, and he will have new competition next season from 24 year-old Karl Darlow, who joins us from Nottingham Forest after a season on loan at Forest in the Championship.
Rob Elliot is also at Newcastle with up-and-coming goalkeeper Freddie Woodman next in line, and he’s very well thought of by the coaching staff.
In fact if Krul, Elliot and Darlow are the three goalkeepers next season, then Freddie could well be loaned out for the season to get first team experience.
We’d be very surprised if Tim pushes for a move now that Mike Ashley has said he wanted to win something and with Steve McClaren coming in and Newcastle want to increase competition for places at the club – including goalkeeper.
And if we sold Tim we would need to bring in another goalkeeper, so it would be a surprise if Tim is sold.
Krul joined us in the summer of 2007 as a 17 year-old from Den Haag, when Graeme Souness was Newcastle manager and the Dutchman has so far played 176 times for Newcastle.
What do you think?