6’6″ Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster has been on loan most of the season at Norwich City, and has been getting rave reports for his displays for the East Anglia club.
Fraser Forster – wants first team football again next season
Fraser has said he could find it difficult being at Newcastle next seaosn, if he is stuck in the Reserves, and doesn’t get a lot of football next season.
This is what Fraser said today:
“It’s very difficult,” “It will be very hard for me next season after playing so many games this season at a big club like Norwich.”
“To go back next season and not be involved will be very hard so really I want to be playing more games next season one way or the other.”
When Fraser says Norwich are a big club they are getting 25,000 home gates regularly this season, and that’s in England’s third division, so it’s great that a club that gets this level of support will be in the Championship next season.
Leeds are still in second place 9 points behind Norwich, but are just one point ahead of 3rd placed Milwall, with just 3 games to play – the top two get automatic promotion and the next 4 are in a play-off for the 3rd promotion place.
It looks like Fraser wants to continue getting first team football and will ask Chris Hughton to be sent out on loan again, if he cannot make the Newcastle first team next season:
“It’s important for me to be playing games, but Harps is not going to let me in very easily. It’s always good competition.”
“I still train at Newcastle quite a bit. If I don’t have a midweek game with Norwich I train Monday, Tuesday with Newcastle.”
“It lets the rest of the lads and the coaches keep an eye on me, so that’s brilliant.”
Forster thinks he is now a much better goalkeeper than the one who began the season on a four-game loan spell at Bristol Rovers before joining League One rivals Norwich in November, where he has played 39 games, and about half of them have been clean sheets.
“The loan’s going brilliantly for me,” ” “It’s fantastic experience and the team’s playing really well.”
“It’s been a brilliant season for me to get out and play week-in, week-out. It’s all part of my personal progression towards being a future Newcastle number one. I’m definitely a better player for it.. It’s been a brilliant experience.”
While Forster is happy as long as he can get first team football somewhere next season, he doesn’t see himself leaving the Newcastle club any time soon.
“As a local lad, that’s where I really want to make it (Newcastle) and I’m confident I can,”
“Steve Harper’s had a fantastic season and I’m sure he’ll carry that on into next season, but I’m just trying to close the gap on him and really push him for his place.”
Fraser has done great this season, and only recently Norwich City manager Paul Lambert said he’s the best 22 year-old goalkeeper he’s seen, and thinks Forster will become world-class as he develops his game.
Newcastle really have an embarrassment of riches with the goalkeeping position with 35 year-old Steve Harper, 22 year-old Dutch U-21 International Tim Krul, Fraser Forster (22), 19 year old Swede Ole Söderberg and 16 year-old budding star Jak Alnwick, who has already played for Newcastle Reserves.
We cannot keep them all, but we should keep Tim and Fraser for as long as we can to see how they develop, and of course their transfer fee is rising all the time as both are getting better and better.