Tim Krul has looked more like his old self in pre-season, and he had a decent game for us on Sunday against a good Southampton side, and made a couple of good saves in the first half against the south coast side.
It looks as though new boy Karl Darlow will be the number two goalkeeper this season, so we could see Rob Elliot moving out on loan, or even leaving permanently before September 1st.
Tim Krul in action on Sunday
If Rob does go out on loan we need to have a clause in the loan contract that he can be recalled in case both Tim and Karl are injured.
It was an encouraging display by Newcastle on Sunday, although we did tire at the end of the game, and that was true and not altogether unexpected of Coloccini and Mbemba at the back.
They played their first full game together and played extremely well under the circumstances – and we have to remember it was the Argentine’s first appearance since last May.
Colo has always been able to read the game well, but we also saw that from Chancel Mbemba too, and he looks to be a great buy for the club.
Steve McClaren had said he would have Newcastle play good attacking football and he was true to his word on Sunday, but there’s more to come.
Tim Krul has said things needed to be changed from the disaster of the second half of last season, and he has been interviewed today:
“I think it needed a fresh wind, and the gaffer has definitely come in and changed a few things.” “We showed a few patches of it against Southampton.
“The manager walked in the changing room and said to us that he thinks we can add another 40% to what we showed.”
“I gave Chancel a few words before the game,” “I said if I say, ‘Keeper – get out of the way’, you are going to get a punch on the head!”
“He’s a top player. You can see that. He’s confident on the ball and I think he’ll be a real asset for us. Him and Colo read the game really well and he had a great debut.”
Chancel Mbemba doesn’t speak much English so Tim and the rest of the defense in particular will have to work things out until the DR Congo International learns a bit more English – like ¨kick it out” for instance.
The performance on Sunday was promising, and if we can add 40% to that, especially being able to play at high intensity for the full game – that would be very good.
But we face another tough test at Swansea on Saturday, after the south Wales side gave Champions Chelsea all they could handle in the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.