With a lot of tentativeness and uncertainty in the Newcastle team at the beginning of the season, what we seem to be lacking is some experience, so it’s good news today that Tim Krul is almost fully fit again and ready to join the goalkeepers in daily training in one to two weeks.
Tim joined the club back in 2005 and he was mostly the back-up goalkeeper to Steve Harper the last time we were down below.
Tim Krul back in full training in one or two weeks
Tim has been interviewed on nufcTV today and this is some of what he had this to say:
“I’m nearly back.” “The last few weeks have been really enjoyable – I’ve been back outside with the goalie coach Simon Smith.” “I’ve been working hard with Derek Wright doing a lot of running.”
“It’s just about getting used to it again and it’s nice to be back out on the pitch.” “I’ve had three full sessions with Simon Smith.”
“It’s a bit different, because I’m on my own now so there’s not much rest unfortunately.” “Normally there’s a few goalies so you can cheat a little bit, but it’s been full on.”
“I feel stronger, my body is really coping well, my knee is obviously better than it has been so it’s exciting times ahead to be back training and I’m looking forward to maybe joining the other goalkeepers in the next week or two.”
“I’ll start to slowly warm-up with them and then slowly get back into the swing of things with the team.” “A couple more weeks before I’m ready for that, then I need some match fitness so I’ll have to play some friendly games – maybe the U-21s – and see what’s available.”
“But I’m look forward to getting that game time again.” “That’s the ultimate, but it’s a bit easier now because it’s getting closer and, the graft I’m putting in, I’m definitely seeing the positives.”
“I’m looking forward to it.”
Newcastle will be very careful with Tim and the last thing we want to do is to rush him back and for Tim to have a relapse.
But given Tim could be fully fit again in maybe five weeks or so, it seems it’s almost going to be a free-for-all among the goalkeepers soon.
Rafa Benitez has admitted that once Rob Elliot returns from his serious ACL injury towards the end of the year, we will have five fit goalkeepers competing against each other.
If Tim can return to his old form, he could become the number one goalkeeper again for Newcastle before the end of the year – and the 28 year-old seems really upbeat with Rafa Benitez now the new boss and Tim has always thrived on competition.
Add to that he’s in the final year of his contract and he could be going all out to get a new deal on Tyneside, but to get that he will need to be at the top of his form this season for the Magpies.
A top form Tim can be exactly what the team needs in a few weeks time.
What we don’t know is that Rafa Benitez is thinking, but he knows Tim is the most experienced goalkeeper we have so we’ll have to see how things go.
But Tim’s presence even back on the training field will help the new players who have come in.
You cannot doubt Tim’s commitment to the club and so far he has played 185 games for the Magpies and 8 times for the Netherlands.
It’s good to see Tim is almost back after 10 months out.
What do you think?