If newly arrived Karl Darlow wants to be the Newcastle number one goalkeeper next season, he will have some difficult competition from the current number one – Tim Krul.
Tim has now spent 10 years on Tyneside, after Graeme Souness brought him in from ADO Den Haag in the summer of 2005, and we paid £220K for him following a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport that Newcastle should pay that amount to Den Haag.
The summer of 2005 was also when Newcastle signed Michael Owen from Real Madrid for £17M – Newcastle’s most expensive transfer ever – and because of all of Michael’s injuries over the four years he was on Tyneside – one of the worst too.
One of Tim Krul’s best ever saves for Newcastle at Tottenham in 2013
He seemed unbeatable in that game we won 1-0
Tim made his debut at Palermo in the UEFA Cup on 2nd November 2006 when he was 18, and was easily the Man of the Match in that game, which we won 1-0.
Tim has talked about his ten years at Newcastle on the Newcastle web-site:
“I first came here on a three-year contract and the idea was that we would see how things go, and if it didn’t work out I would only be 20 and could go back to Holland.”
“But here I am – 27 and still here. Things worked out better than any of us could have imagined and I couldn’t have dreamed of being where I am now.” “I was homesick in the early days. That is normal as a teenager when you are leaving everything behind.”
“But Newcastle were always great and let me go back home for weeks now and then. Friends and family also came over, and it’s such a friendly city that settling in wasn’t too difficult.” “I got my debut at 18 in Palermo but never expected it to come that early.”
“However, it set me up nicely and was just a taster of the things to come playing at this Club.” “I played that one game and it made me want more and more, and that night in Palermo pushed me on and reminded me why I came to Newcastle.”
“The loans I had were very important, too. They were great times which shaped me as a young man.” “I went to Edinburgh to play for Falkirk, lived there on my own for the first time, and experienced men’s football, which was really important for me at that stage of my development.”
“I then got a loan to Carlisle for two months and played nine games which really helped me kick on in my career.” “Being Newcastle’s number one was always my goal and I finally got the chance in that great season when we finished fifth and went 11 games unbeaten at the start of the season,”
“That was my moment and it is still an amazing feeling to be number one at such a great club.” “There have been so many highlights. All my debuts – Palermo, my first game in the Championship coming on for Harps at West Brom, my first start at QPR in the final game of the Championship season.”
“Also playing against Edwin van der Sar – my hero – finishing fifth, reaching the Europa League quarter-final and beating Sunderland 5-1.”
“There have been so many proud moments and I know there will be many more to come.”
Tim Krul had a poor second half of last season – like many other players at Newcastle.
But with another top Dutch player on board this summer in Gini Wijnaldum (that makes five Dutch players in the squad) , he will be very keen to continue as the Newcastle number one – and he certainly seems to have no plans of leaving Newcastle United.
Here’s Alan Shearer commenting on the great saves he made at Tottenham on November 10th, 2013, which we ended up winning 1-0 .
Tim was the Player of the Month for November 2013, and Alan Pardew was manager of the Month following Newcastle’s four wins in four games.
We need to see that form from Tim next season – that would be good.
And that form in November of 2013 would also be good for Newcastle next season.