Rafa is pleased that Tim Krul is finally getting playing time at AZ Alkmaar and so far he’s played two games for the Dutch club who are now 4th top of the Eredivisie.
Tim had a terrible time of it at Ajax from last August when he never played once for the first team and as far as we know he was never even made the bench, so that must have been a little disheartening for the Dutch International goalkeeper.
But Tim is a great professional with a terrific attitude, so he will make the very best of it at Alkmaar and we hope he gets back to his best.
Tim Krul with Simon Smith last summer
Tim played for the Ajax U21 side few times and Rafa Benitez has talked about Tim and the other loan players today in the Chronicle:
“He needed to play.” “He was with the U-21s, but that’s different.”
“He’s a good keeper so if he’s doing well, then it’s good for him and us.”
“I follow the players on loan.” “I have people sending me the information and I am in contact with some of the players.”
“I think it’s important to know if they are doing well or not.”
“I don’t watch every game, because I don’t have time, but sometimes I am watching the games of our players on loan and then send messages and keep the contact with them.”
“I think it’s important for us, as a club, to have players doing well on loan.” “We’re watching games every week.”
“Now with the technology, you have access to everything.” “The staff and the scouts are watching games.
“We are watching games all the time. and it’s not a big difference watching games live or via technology.”
“You have your scouts watching live games.” “It’s not important for me, especially as you don’t have time as you are travelling.”
Good words there from Rafa.
The manager must think he is in heaven – when he’s not coaching the team he watches games.
And there are a lot of games to watch in the Premier League, Championship and in Europe, never mind also watching the lads on loan.
But one of the great things about Rafa Benitez is that he just loves what he’s doing and it comes through big time – he’s a great manager for Newcastle United.