This Could Be A Challenge For Rafa Benitez


Tim Krul is further along in his fitness than we thought and the 28 year-old has tweeted today that he looks very close to being fully fit again.

tim krul closeup

Tim Krul – Newcastle goalkeeper



Tim will be reporting back to training next Tuesday along with most of the other players and he will be hoping to start the game at Fulham on Friday 5th August.

Rafa Benitez will want to take a look at Tim as he has to decide who is Newcastle’s best goalkeeper for this coming season.

Karl Darlow is fit and did really well in the final eight games of last season and Rob Elliot was our Player of the Season last term, but he will not be fully fit until near the end of the year.

But there is news that new Everton manager Ronald Koeman wants his fellow Dutchman to replace Tim Howard who has left Everton to return to the US and play for the Colorado Rapids.

Krul has only one year left on his contract and Rafa will have to decide if a decent bid comes in from Everton or even Crystal Palace and Alan Pardew – whether Rafa will want to sell the goalkeeper.

We don’t know whether Rafa rates Tim Krul or not, but he saw that both Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow can get the job done for Newcastle in the nets, so if Rafa needs the money he could potentially sell Tim for a decent fee.

We don’t think that will happen, but certainly longer term Rafa will need to sort out who is the number one goalkeeper at Newcastle.

We have three very good ones at the moment.

There could be a decent bid come in for Tim Krul from Everton shortly and Rafa will have to make a decision fairly quickly.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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61 comments so far

  • G

    Jun 24, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Heard his people were in discussions with Everton anyway?

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 24, 2016 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Rather keep him and tell Everton to swivel….though Gini is for sale 11 goals u know wink wink nudge please buy him nudge

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 24, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #3

    did u guys win the vote out? if yes then congrats

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 24, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #4

    Oh dear is this all political on here (not surprised tbh)

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  • lochinvar

    Jun 24, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #5

    What happens to our quota of non-UK players when we leave the EU ?

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 24, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #6

    sell them

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 24, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #7

    Please please enough of the politics.
    Listening to the sometimes shyte football posts from some of you is bad enough -having to endure your political views is too much.
    Nearly as bad as people trying to convince you to listen to their brand of music.

    Now then nothing wrong with some educational grammar posts or to share my experience with keeping chickens.
    My post last night about a broody hen was very informative.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 24, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #8

    Now you know how we feel about your none stop multilple yawnfest. Works both ways you know? 😉

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  • hibbitt

    Jun 24, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Mr T
    The good news ……….. just had 14 ducklings hatch out of 20 now thats good news !!

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 24, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #10

    Hibbit – is that a good return ratio. Were they your own eggs or did you buy them in.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 24, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #11

    Hmm. Brexit woes or hen house antics….hard to choose which is the most riveting…

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 24, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #12

    You realise all this European cast off stuff doesn’t affect Ketsy, he’s not from this planet you see 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 24, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #13

    Well I’m going to Brexit Work and go home.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 24, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #14

    Really get sick of your Armstrong posts – no problem with a few describing his abilities, your vision of what lies in the future – but on and on and on and on describing the same view is not only a yawnfest but the yawnfest of all yawn…………………………fests —– whoops nearly fell asleep writing this.
    Nearly as bad as the super supporter posts -yawn.
    ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz.

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  • Jib

    Jun 24, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #15

    http://www.hoy.es/gente-estilo/201606/21/xabi-alonso-arbeloa-callejon-20160621001233-v.html

    I don’t believe in coincidences.

    The 3 players above together in a restaurant 2 days ago in Ibiza all have big links with Rafa .

    Arbeloa and Xabi Alonso everyone knows while José Callejón was a winger striker for Benny at Napoli.

    Ibiza try to ident the restaurant from the pic and go and interviw the owner about what’s happenin’ man !

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  • hibbitt

    Jun 24, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #16

    MrT

    my first time with ducks
    got the eggs given from the farm up the road
    just put them in a brinsea incubator 30 days later 14 ducklings
    i was pleased with the hatch rate
    no idea how to sex them which would be a help been told the drakes have pointed tail feathers but will just have to wait and see

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 24, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #17

    hibbitt – I know little about ducks but there are videos about vent sexing ducklings on line – some folk can tell by their voices.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 24, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #19

    Jib posting old family snaps there?

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 24, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #20

    It looks like the patio needs pressure washing though…

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 24, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Jib….. That quacked me up.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 24, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #22

    Jib…….you’re mallardjusted!

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 24, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #23

    I don’t think Rafa will be overly keen to sell Tim Krul and I doubt whether Krul will be keen to go. Genuinely nice lad and seems to be loyal to nufc. I just hope he’s working on his distribution whole getting fit.

    More likely Rafa sees Elliot as the next out the door but not until the end of the season. Our goalkeeper attrition rate is something to be respected. 😐

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 24, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #24

    I don’t know where he found that pic but he better be careful someone don’t call the Bill or he’ll be up before the Beak. I don’t know Waddle become of him after that. Probably taken Down, then tarred and Feathered.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 24, 2016 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #25

    Did all your ducklings Breggsit the eggs alright, Hibbit?

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 24, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #26

    OK I’ll stop the corny yolks. Ooh dear that was terrible I’m truly sorry..

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 24, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #27

    Hibbit do you have a pond btw?

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 24, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #28

    Someone will object to Jib’s link as duckist. It won’t be the first time he’s been accused of fowl play.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 24, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #29

    some bloody duck eggs on here.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 24, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #30

    Tsunki – aye no online image there – straight from the Jib family album/ or from his private collection.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 24, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #31

    Eggs’ll be going up again. That’ll surprise a few chickens and ducks.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 24, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #32

    Tuff, you would get sick of football related posts though. Not really your strong point is it? 😉

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 24, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #33

    For Rafa to be successful Mr Tubbs needs to shell out quite a bit of money.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 24, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #34

    So i take it that we won’t be signing anyone today then, bloody papers.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 24, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #35

    Was hoping for Charlie Austin rumours.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 24, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #36

    Bobby Bee – why do you keep wanting to have a poke – give it up man.
    You’ll be sad Russia is out – thus their thugs will be away and nothing to bring back your own thug memories.
    See I can have a poke as well.
    For someone who brags about quickly burying the hatchet after spats you do not practice what you preach.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 24, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #37

    As Jib is now a Spanish egg farmer , what does he say to his hens every day?

    Oh-lay.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 24, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #38

    So sorry Tufty, didn’t realise you’d be offended by a bit of fun. Do as i say, not as i do eh? 😉

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 24, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #39

    I predict a rant to the tune of Kaiser chiefs.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 24, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #40

    Bobby Bee no problems with a bit of fun at all – cannot see smileys with my eyesight and haven’t a clue how to do them.

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