It was good to see Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul get called up to the Netherland’s provisional squad for the World Cup qualifying game against Bulgaria and the friendly against Italy later this month.
That’s especially true since Tim suffered his very serious ACL knee injury while playing for country in a European qualifying game a year last October.
That call-up should give Tim a lift after struggling earlier this season while on loan at Ajax.
Tim Krul – could be Newcastle’s number one again
He is now getting regular playing time at AZ Alkmaar and the club has reached the Dutch Cup final where they will play Vitesse on April 30th.
Tim was the hero when he saved the 5th penalty in the semi-final to take Alkmaar through to the final.
Tim will return to pre-season at Newcastle and then he will fight it out to see if he can again become the number one goalkeeper at Newcastle.
We wouldn’t put it past Tim to reclaim the number one jersey on Tyneside, but he will need to be in his very best form to do that.
Tim has given a long exclusive interview today in the Shields Gazette and here’s some of what he said:
“It’s exciting to be part of it,” “As a little boy I’ve watched those games. For me to come back and reach the final is great.”
“There was a lot of pressure on me,” “People were expecting me to save a couple like in Brazil again. It was a bit of pressure, but the relief at the end was so nice.”
“The fans have now got something to look forward to at the end of April. The cup final is a massive day out in Holland, like the FA Cup final in England.”
“For any player, a cruciate is a bad injury,” “A little ankle injury, if you go over on your ankle and damage your ligaments, that’s part and parcel of it.”
“Knee injuries knock you out for such a long time. That was something new for me, because if you’re out for a couple of months, you don’t really lose that sharpness and match practice.”
“That was the biggest thing for me.” “It’s been difficult. That’s been the hardest part.”
“When I got to the club, that’s the first thing they said, because when you win the cup here it’s Europa League.” “For a club like Alkmaar, that’s important.”
“I think I’ve had nine games in the last few weeks, and that’s obviously been the major test,”
“I’ve come through that. “I think the more I play, the stronger it gets.”
“The medical staff have been great. Playing a game every three days is as much a mental challenge than physical one.”
“Physically, I’m fine. You get through that. It’s been a major step for me.”
It will be good to have Tim back at Newcastle in the summer and then it’s up to him to see if he can become Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper again.
Tim is still our most experienced goalkeeper having played more then 150 Premier League games for the side since joining us from his home town club ADO Den Haag in the summer of 2005.