News today that new Everton boss Ronald Koeman wants to buy goalkeeper Tim Krul from Newcastle as a replacement for the departing 37 year-old Tim Howard, who announced in March he would be coming back over here to play for the Colorado Rapids in the MLS.
That’s the second time in two years the Saints have unearthed a top manager who did well for them in the Premier League, only to lose him rather quickly to a bigger club.
Current Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino joined Southampton in January, 2013 only to leave two years ago to join Spurs.
Tim Krul – wanted by Everton
Koeman has been at Southampton for two seasons and had them finish in 7th and 6th places respectively – an excellent performance from the Dutchman.
News today that Koeman is to be given big funds to rebuild the Everton squad by the new owners and he’s interested in signing Tim Krul and in some reports also interested in signing another Dutchman at Newcastle – Gini Wijnaldum.
It looks like Tim will have recovered from his serious ACL knee injury for the start of the Championship season on August 6th and we will also have Karl Darlow fit as well as 19 year-old top young prospect Freddie Woodman.
We doubt that Rafa would let Tim Krul leave early in the summer until he can first take a look at Tim in training and in pre-season.
But with three senior goalkeepers in the squad in Tim, Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow, Rafa could well sell one of them and Tim would bring the most in the transfer market for sure.
However, we would be surprised if Tim even wants to leave Newcastle where he’s been for 11 years and likely wants to be part of the rebuilding of the club under world-class manager Rafa Benitez.
Rob Elliot will probably return in November at the earliest from his ACL injury, so Rafa could well decide to keep his three goalkeepers at least for this season.
In our poll, Newcastle fans still think Tim is Newcastle’s best goalkeeper, followed by Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow – both of whom performed excellently last season when Tim was out.
What do you think?