Tim Krul Delighted To Get His Big Chance At AZ Alkmaar


It was a really good that Tim Krul managed to get a loan spell at Dutch club AZ Alkmaar last night so his nightmare at Ajax is finally over.

In retrospect that was the best deal Newcastle accomplished in January.

It’s got to be hard on any top player when you sustain a very serious injury playing for your country and then you go on loan to one of that country’s top clubs and you are not given one chance to play in the first team.

But that’s football.

Tim Krul – delighted to get his chance

And Tim is an experienced and mature player who will now move on and go all out to get the first team jersey at Alkmaar and certainly the club seem delighted to have got him in on loan.

The good news is that with so many games AZ Alkmaar have to play he will get a good number of games before the end of the season.

This is what Tim Krul told the club’s web-site after he joined AZ Alkmaar last night:

“AZ is a fantastic club.” “They are competing in all competitions – Europa League, the  Cup and the League.”

“When they called, I could hardly say no.” “The way they talked  they had so much confidence in me, so I decided to come.”

“I have been fit for a while, but I have been unable to really show that yet.”  “I hope to regain my old level. “

And this is what Alkmaar Director of Football Max Huiberts has said about Tim:

“It’s fantastic that we can get a keeper of Tim Krul’s qualities to AZ.” “Tim has proven to be a goalkeeper of international caliber.”

“If you find yourself with such an opportunity, you should always go for it.”

“With the crowded program of matches we have ahead of us, we can use the experience of Tim Krul well. “

The plan this season was for Tim Krul to go out on loan and then join Newcastle for pre-season this summer.

Then Rafa would have to make a decision on who to sell between Tim, Rob Elliot, Matz Sels and Karl Darlow.

And we also have young Freddie Woodman on loan at Kilmarnock, although Freddie may be sent out on loan next season – maybe to a Championship side so he can get lots of games which he needs for his continuing development.

Tim has 18 months left on his contract and although it may be probable he will be sold in the summer, it’s certainly not a forgone conclusion, especially if he gets back to his previous top form this season at Alkmaar.

That’s what we’re hoping for.

Comments welcome.



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94 comments so far

  • toontaff2

    Feb 1, 2017 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Disappointed with losing to Oxford, but happy with the team Rafa put out – majority thought we had a strong squad, so why was this team not capable of winning- poor defending from corners and poor finishing from BIGAL2.
    Disappointed no signings, but understand why.
    Koeman has said he would not sanction McCarthy sale and Townsend must not have really wanted to come here or the deal would have happened. And 13/15million for him is way too much, even with the crazy prices at present.

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  • toontaff2

    Feb 1, 2017 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #2

    Some of the fans are clearly putting 2 and 2 together and blaming Ashley. If Rafa does walk, slating Ashley, I would give up my season ticket and not go back until Ashley sold up and left. If Rafa walks – but at the moment that is an ‘if’, so onwards and upwards for now, looking forward to tonight’s game!

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  • toontaff2

    Feb 1, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #3

    If Rafa walked and we ended up back at square 1, I wonder how many fans would still attend matches? Seems to me quite a few would just carry on as normal.
    There are plenty of ‘prawn sandwich’ brigade at SJP in my opinion! Put the bloody mobiles away, watch the game and get behind the team!!!

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  • Jib

    Feb 1, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Siem de Jong is being hailed as super sub at PSV

    If you look at his figures you can see why.

    https://www.whoscored.com/Players/32196/

    Philip Cocu the Eindhoven manager seems to screwing his loaf with the 29 year old and not over playing him.

    Perhaps there could be a role for him with us in the PL next season

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 1, 2017 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #6

    He should have been given game time at the end of last season Jib, when he was finally fit and ready to play. His flair might have given us a win we desperately needed, but our manager saw fit to send out teams more suited to grind out a draw. And the rest, as they say….

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  • cyprus

    Feb 1, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #7

    Ed my man

    Where was Rafa’s brilliant statement regarding transfers?

    Granted, his somewhat enigmatic response is open to many interpretations…

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  • G

    Feb 1, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #8

    All those idiots shouting about Rafa walking. If he was going to walk, he could, and probably would do so now. Stop speculating about a set of circumstances of which neither you nor I know anything about please, it’s getting very tiresome.

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  • Jib

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #9

    The overrated Frenchman //He should have been given game time at the end of last season Jib

    Errm

    He actually played in Rafa’s first 4 games with us !

    He played a part in Mitro’s late equaliser against the scum at SJP.

    He got injured against Soton

    And the rest, as they say….

    😀

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  • lesh

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #10

    Toontaff2, Cyprus

    Rafa’s statement is enigmatic and my reading is that he’s not happy at the lack of signings, restating his experience in transfer dealings and dependent on the outcome of his proposed review of why the fruitless window (who does what and when and has control), where to next season and does he stay or does he go.

    Given the media reports concerning Ashley’s supposed views on transfers with regard to policy and who has greater influence (Carr), instinct tells me that dependent on that review, he’s saying he might walk unless he is allowed to manage in his way.

    But, being the professional he is, Rafa is focussing on games in the meantime.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #11

    TOF

    I wonder if you have ever heard of a team called Valencia. I am afraid you do show an enormous amount of selective ignorance on a frequently increasing basis. I get the feeling you’d hate to see us go up.

    http://www.rafabenitez.com/web/in/honours/12/

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  • Our Toon

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #12

    It was a good window, we didn’t get mugged off by signing the likes of townsend. I honestly don’t get it, we by far have the best squad in the league and by some distance as well.

    If shelvey gets injured then rafa will need to change his tactics, Brighton don’t have a direct replacement for Knockaert but manage to cope when he doesn’t play.

    If we don’t go up with what we have then Rafa has failed to get the best out of his squad. We have the luxury of rotating players to keep them fresh unlike any of our rivals.

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  • Jib

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #13

    So many experts
    So little knowledge

    Ha ha ha

    Jeepers Lesh you really do talk drivel at times.

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #14

    tf NUFC podcast
    ?@tfweeklypod

    Don’t think there’s any harm in saying this now the window is closed : when tf met Rafa in December we talked about Jan a lot..(1)

    (2) he said priority this window was a CM and winger (but we were to keep our mouths shut until the window was over about it)….

    tf NUFC podcast ?@tfweeklypod 3h3 hours ago
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    (3) However he wasn’t sure of getting signings in due to January being an almost impossible month to buy in. He only wanted players…

    tf NUFC podcast ?@tfweeklypod 3h3 hours ago
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    (4) that would improve the team. Doing permanent deals was almost impossible as we couldn’t sign any on big money for 2 reasons…

    tf NUFC podcast ?@tfweeklypod 3h3 hours ago
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    (5) a: most players will only drop down a division unless absolutely guaranteed game time, which he couldn’t provide….

    tf NUFC podcast ?@tfweeklypod 3h3 hours ago
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    @tfweeklypod 5 (b): any permanent deals would only be for players good enough for prem. Getting them in Jan almost impossible….

    tf NUFC podcast ?@tfweeklypod 3h3 hours ago
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    6: He was hopeful of doing deals but realistic about how difficult it was. He told us not to expect too much. However….

    tf NUFC podcast ?@tfweeklypod 3h3 hours ago
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    7: He did say that with Shelveys upcoming ban and the AFCON – he would like 2 players. We’re pretty much through that now so no harm done?

    tf NUFC podcast ?@tfweeklypod 3h3 hours ago
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    8: Main caveat to that – Pardew was still Palace manager and neither he nor anyone else was linking Townsend. Perhaps that changed things…

    tf NUFC podcast ?@tfweeklypod 3h3 hours ago
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    9: Maybe he is foaming and Ashley has pulled the rug from under him. All I’m telling you Is what happened….

    tf NUFC podcast ?@tfweeklypod 3h3 hours ago
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    10: This wasn’t a bloke desperate for reinforcements. He was looking to get players in to improve the first team….that’s it though….

    tf NUFC podcast ?@tfweeklypod 3h3 hours ago
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    11. He gave about 25 examples (he likes to talk) about how the Jan window is impossible to work in and buy actual good players…

    tf NUFC podcast ?@tfweeklypod 3h3 hours ago
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    12. He was far more enthusiastic about the Summer and the fact there’s no int. tournament. Maybe Townsend changed that completely…

    tf NUFC podcast ?@tfweeklypod 3h3 hours ago
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    13. Maybe the world is about to end. All opinions valid, we met a a bloke six weeks who had the same enthusiasm as when we did in August….

    tf NUFC podcast ?@tfweeklypod 3h3 hours ago
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    14. And who is conusmed by getting NUFC promoted. He’s obsessed by it, and buiilding the club. Anything done to jeopardise that…

    tf NUFC podcast ?@tfweeklypod 3h3 hours ago
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    15. Would be a travesty. Perhaps Andros Townsend has changed that, but until it happens, I’ll be backing him and the team 100%….

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #15

    Don’t beat yourself up kids. We’ve got more money to spend in the summer now

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  • SPRINGY

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #16

    no one knows the full circumstances of why the townsend deal fell thru or any other player for that matter,except the club so until theres a statement from the club,if there is one… its all bull….lets just get back down to graft and win this league.

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  • SPRINGY

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #17

    rafa bingo confirmed
    ——————————–darlow——————————–
    yedlin———-lascelles————-clark————dummet
    ——————-hayden————-shelvey——————–
    ritchie———————–perez————————-goofy
    ——————————-murphy——————————-

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  • AncientC

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #18

    Well, well. Harkening back to a long time ago, the 10th January 2017:

    ‘How happy are you with Lee Charnley?

    Very happy: 9.30%

    Content: 30.45%

    Was unhappy but after he persuaded Rafa to stay, I’ll give him a chance: 55.36%’

    ‘How happy are you with Mike Ashley?

    Very happy: 11.84%

    Content: 75.38%’

    Fast-forwarding 22 days:

    ‘Are You Satisfied With The 2017 January Transfer Window?

    No (78%, 1,283 Votes)
    Yes (22%, 364 Votes)’

    Duped yet again.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #19

    Springy

    Not sure about having Dummett infront of a back 3 lol

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  • Jib

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #20

    WWSBRD
    Just put this up it’s a lot easier
    https://soundcloud.com/tfweeklypod/true-faith-meets-rafa-benitez

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #21

    Oh, I needed to say “more” game time Jib, for you to get the point. Sorry, I do sometimes forget the level of intellect I’m engaging with on here.

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  • lesh

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #22

    Jib

    Of course I do talk drivel – all for your entertainment.

    🙂

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #23

    Jeffery
    U should listen to that then read what they tweeted…u might learn something both about NUFC and how to interact with people

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  • SPRINGY

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #24

    shirebrook
    hahaha….whoops
    im on laptop mate and it looks areet on here……ya get what i mean tho!lol…..there the players for tonight….put them any where you like…. have fun with it!!lol

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #25

    Hey then u can give me ur 3rd apology in 3 days…I know ur a work in progress but at some point we should move on from u apologizing and maybe see if we can stop the initial cause of u needing to say ur sorry in the first place

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  • lesh

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #26

    WWSBRD

    Good, enlightening post re the TF and Rafa. Let’s hope his enthusiasm stays with him and the Club

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #27

    Rotonda, one swallow doesn’t make a Summer. Plenty of dud managers have jagged a success or two to put on their CV. McClaren being an example you should recall, I imagine. Supporters of his last three clubs wouldn’t urinate on Benitez if he was on fire but you lot conveniently ignore that.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #28

    Springy

    I think that team is nailed on mate. Whatever formation lol

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  • JamesToon

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #29

    Well the reason for no McCarthy is Koeman saw a “long term future” for him at Everton. Simple.

    And I personally think no Townsend was simply because palace didn’t want to loan, we could have paid the release clause straight away which would have been anywhere between £13-15million then it would have been up to andros to decide, but even at that price tag I’d rather have loaned him than bought him straight away.
    But still we can do much better in the summer IF we continue the hard work and the boys stick together and the fans really get behind the team.

    Let’s go and win this league.

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  • Jib

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #30

    WWSBRD
    You suffer from hypersensitivity if you picked up my suggestion as being rude rather than helpful.

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  • JamesToon

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #31

    Toontaff

    Glad I found another one like you that talks sense.

    Rafa bingo

    Darlow
    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Shelvey Hayden
    Ritchie Perez Gouffran
    Murphy

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #32

    lesh
    I hope so too mate but as they said it was 6 weeks ago so things may of changed I hope they haven’t but u never know. Not much we can do now though am not going to get upset over something that hasn’t happened so fingers crossed in the Summer Rafa splashes the cash haha

    Reckon a good win tonight and a lot of optimism will return then smash McClaren at the weekend and the we are back flying….I worry if we lose though our fan base likes to over react

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  • toontaff2

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #33

    James Toon – Seems Koeman blocked McCarthy, so that was that!
    Am wondering if it was Andros who was not too keen on the weather up here, the wages or just not keen on another loan?

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  • AncientC

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #34

    Haggling over a loan deal for Townsend on the last day of the window – is that the best they could do to support the manager?

    Those praising prudence had better hope that the side’s form over the last 10 games isn’t carried into the rest of the season.

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #35

    Jeffery
    It was neither, simply incorrect…I assumed ud apologize over ur ignorance

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  • Jib

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #36

    Our interst in Townsend may have caused the resurrection of his career under Fat Sam.
    Pretty sure Townsend was played just to stick a finger up at Rafa.

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  • expatmag

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #37

    LESH/TOF

    The village idiot spouting off again, is he?…….lol

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  • toontaff2

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #38

    JIB, your training pics have helped the line up!
    No Diame hidden in those snoods?

    RAFA BINGO:
    Darlow
    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    ‘James’Hayden – ‘Tom’Shelvey
    ‘Andros’ Ritchie – Perez -‘Andros’ Gouffran

    subs: Elliott, Sterry, Hanley, Lazaar, Mitro, Diame, Sameobi
    5-1 Toon!

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  • G

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #39

    Jib @ 36, I may well have been, but it’s more likely to do with Zaha not being particularly fit after AFCON?

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  • toontaff2

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #40

    James Toon – Was tapping in the BINGO lie-up, so did not copy!! Great minds, and all that!
    TOF, is your real name ‘Nostradamus, Harbinger of Doom?’

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