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It Could Be The End Of The Road For This Loyal Newcastle Veteran

Everything was going well for Tim Krul when he was capped for the 8th time by the Netherlands in October two years ago against Kazakhstan in a Euro 2016 qualifying game.

With only a few minutes left in that game Tim badly injured his ACL as he landed badly in the penalty area and he has not played for the Newcastle first team since.

In fact it now looks like his career at Newcastle may be over, after he was left out of the first team squad that traveled to Dublin yesterday for a week-long training camp.

29 year-old Tim Krul in training this summer

Tim was also not in the squad for the 2-1 win at Tynecastle on Friday night in our first pre-season friendly.

Rafa has also left out Manu Riviere, Achraf Lazaar and local striker Adam Armstrong and things don’t look great for those three players either – although we expect Adam to be sent out on a season loan for next season.

Chancel Mbemba was also left on Tyneside, but that seems to have been caused by some visa requirements.

Both Siem de Jong and Henri Saivet are in the squad, so they still have a chance to impress Rafa this preseason with Siem looking great on Friday night showing his class in that game.

If only we can keep his fit this season.

Youngsters Victor Fernandez and Callum Roberts are also in the squad and that’s a big chance for the two lads.

This is what Rafa has said about looking at everybody who has returned this summer and the training camp in Dublin at Carton House:

“You always have to see if players have improved or if they have changed something – or if they have grown.”

“It is an opportunity to see everyone.”  “When the whole squad is away you have time to stay together.

Tim Krul joined us as a 17 year-old twelve years ago and has made 185 appearances for Newcastle United in his career.

It will be sad to see him leave.

This is the squad that is now in Dublin:

Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot, Freddie Woodman, Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, Jesus Gamez, Massadio Haidara, Grant Hanley, Jamaal Lascelles, Florian Lejeune, Jamie Sterry, DeAndre Yedlin, Rolando Aarons, Christian Atsu, Jack Colback, Mo Diame, Victor Fernandez, Isaac Hayden, Matt Ritchie, Henri Saivet, Jonjo Shelvey, Callum Roberts, Siem de Jong, Dwight Gayle, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Daryl Murphy, Ayoze Perez.

Comments welcome.

3 comments so far

  • expatmag

    Jul 17, 2017 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Afraid so. Not the keeper he once was judging by reports ftom Holland and we need better now anyway.

  • giimps

    Jul 17, 2017 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #2

    I’ll never forget his debut vs Palermo ,very good once, his single handed shutout vs a rampant sports a few years ago too, probably the best performance I’ve seen from a keeper at Newcastle for many a year……..good luck Tim, your another adopted Geordie and we wish you well wherever you go

  • JohnJ

    Jul 17, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Rather gutted that Tim Krul seems to have come to the end of the line at Newcastle – I was hoping he’d get the chance to impress but it’s looking like Rafa’s made his mind up. Tim has put in many fine performances for NUFC over the years that he’s been involved. It’s now up to Tim to prove Rafa wrong at a new club!


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