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.