Rafa Benitez said yesterday that if Newcastle get some offers in this month for veteran goalkeeper Tim Krul then they will consider selling him.
It looks like Tim will be the odd man out of the five goalkeepers we currently have – Tim, Matz Sels, Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot and 19 year-old England U-19 International Freddie Woodman.
Simon Smith, Karl Darlow and Tim Krul in pre-season training
We were hoping that Tim could fight his way back into the first team before the end of the year as he is on his way back to full fitness, after his devastating ACL knee injury that he picked up playing for the Netherlands last October.
But Rafa made it clear yesterday that Tim, who is in the last year of his contract on Tyneside, will be sold if we get a decent offer coming in for him this month.
This is what Rafa said:
“Tim has one year left on his contract and we have five keepers are the moment, he’s coming back from injury, training hard and improving.”
“If he has to compete he is a very good goalkeeper and so it won’t be too hard – but we have Rob Elliot in a similar situation.”
“We have Sels now, we have Darlow and we have Woodman, so we can’t keep five keepers for the whole season.”
“If we can have a solution before the transfer window ends, he is getting fitter but it depends if anyone is interested, if they are, we will listen to them.”
“We couldn’t make the same mistake as last season when we had just one single goalkeeper and we had a problem.”
“We knew that he was getting fitter, but we didn’t know when, with Elliot it was the same and so we needed to bring a keeper in.”
It looks like Newcastle will not offer Tim a new deal and he will be another high wage-earner off the books either this summer or in January.
Everton manager and fellow Dutchman Ronald Koeman could be interested in Tim, but whether he will risk signing him this month before he is fully fit is debatable.
We don’t think he will, but Tim could go next January in a cut-price deal with only six months left on his contract at Newcastle at that time.
That would allow Tim to get a good deal somewhere and he deserves that for his good service to the club.
The 28 year-old joined Newcastle from ADO Den Haag back in the summer of 2005 as a 17 year-old when Graeme Souness was the manager and he has played 185 times for Newcastle.
This still comes as a surprise to us, although the writing was probably on the wall – so to speak.
Once Rob Elliot is fit again around the November time-frame it looks like it’s either Matz Sels or Rob who will be the number one goalkeeper at Newcastle.
Certainly Rob Elliot was brilliant for us last season.
What do you think?