The loan move of Tim Krul to Ajax simply hasn’t worked out like he or Newcastle had expected.
The deal was that Tim would go to Ajax for the season and replace Dutch International goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, who moved to Barcelona in the summer.
But as Tim was rehabilitating in Holland and getting ready to play for Ajax in late summer, 20 year-old Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana took his chance and has been Ajax’ regular goalkeeper this season.
Tim Krul – in happier times
Not only that, but 36 year-old Dutch goalkeeper Diederik Boer has been the backup – so no place for Tim Krul even in the Ajax first team squad.
Krul was offered back to Newcastle last week, but Rafa already has three goalkeepers competing for the number one spot at Newcastle and couldn’t take him.
The news today is that Tim has been told he can leave the club, but whether he can get another club to play for the rest of the season is unlikely, given tomorrow night at 11:00 pm is when the transfer window slams shut.
Tim has never played one game for the Ajax first team this season as he recovers from the serious knee ligament injury he picked up playing for the Netherlands in October of 2015 in a Euro 2016 qualifying game.
This is what Ajax manager Peter Bosz has said about Tim’s situation:
“When the decision was made to loan Krul, Onana was not the first goalkeeper, there were doubts whether he could do it all, but he has taken his chance.”
“You never know in football, if a club comes for him and he wants to go then he goes there.”
It’s a sad situation for a player who has given such great service to Newcastle United since he was signed on from his home town club ADO Den Haag as a 17 year-old in the summer of 2005.
Tim has played 185 times for Newcastle in the 12 years he has been on the books and developed into a top class goalkeeper during that time.