Ajax’ 20 year-old goalkeeper Andre Onana has played 20 times for the first team since Jasper Cillessen signed for Barcelona in August and the Dutchman is now second choice to German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen at the Spanish powerhouse.
Ajax manager Peter Bosz has been talking about Tim Krul in the Telegraaf today and the Newcastle goalkeeper has still not played for the first team at Ajax with his loan spell for the season now half way through.
Tim was ostensibly signed to replace fellow Dutch International Jasper Cillessen in August but it hasn’t turned out that way.
Tim Krul – still to make his debut for Ajax
Andre Onana came through the youth system at Barcelona before moving to Ajax in 2015 and he has been playing regularly for the team so far this season.
This is what Peter Bosz has told the Telegraaf:
“The situation with Onana was obviously intended to bridge the short period between the departure of Jasper Cillessen and Tim being fit.”
“But Tim was not fit and Andre has done well and is reliable. All of that comes into consideration for the choice for the rest of the season.”
“On the one hand it’s a luxury for us, but naturally for Tim it’s a nasty situation.”
“Tim is a great guy to work with, but he’s an optimist,” “When he came to us, we had the idea that he would work with us in full within two weeks.”
“I like his enthusiasm, but he wanted to participate with the first team before he had joined any group training.”
“We have to be realistic and that would have been dangerous.” “What he wanted to do, we just couldn’t do.”
But that was all back in August and it’s now January and Tim’s still not playing.
The Ajax manager has praised the 20 year-old Onana a number of times this season and it may be he prefers him to Tim.
But that’s not what Tim or Newcastle signed up for when they sent Tim out on loan.
The idea was to allow Tim to rehabilitate himself by playing a full season in goal and since he’s 100% fit now and still not playing – that’s a problem.
Tim is set to return to Newcastle in the summer when Rafa will make a decision on which senior goalkeeper to let go between Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot, Matz Sels and Tim Krul.
It’s not going to be good if Tim doesn’t play for Ajax this season.