Krul’s quit threat.

Krul to strop off if he doesn't get his way?
Tim Krul has issued an ultimatum to Newcastle by stating that either he becomes the No1 goalkeeper next season, or he’s off!

To be honest I’ve been prepared for this for a while when it comes to our goalkeepers. We have Steve Harper as the senior figure with two very promising young goalkeepers waiting in the wings to take over the starting berth. You can only play one goalkeeper at a time so only one of those promising young goalkeepers is going to get the nod leaving the other playing second fiddle. Neither Tim Krul or Fraser Forster are going to want that.

Here is what Timmy boy told The Sun on the matter.

“I’m 23 and I want to play a whole season. That’s what I’ll tell manager Alan Pardew. Otherwise it makes no sense to stay.”

It adds a little extra spice to what is already going to be an exciting tussle for the place in goal next season. Three players are going to battle it out to become the No1, and only one will secure the right to become our main goalkeeper.

Fraser Forster and Tim Krul will have no hardship finding other clubs if they don’t prove themselves worthy of becoming our starting goalkeeper. Krul has admirers around Europe whilst Forster could quite easily make a permanent move back to Celtic where he spent last season on loan, or Norwich, or many other clubs I’m sure.

One thing I will say to Krul is that rather than making demands he should just get on with it instead of having a mild paddy if he doesn’t get his own way. If he proves himself in pre-season he will get the nod like Alan Pardew has said, so perhaps he should just focus on that?

As I said earlier, I’ve been prepared for this for a while. Krul and Forster are at the age where they need to be playing first team games and two players into one position doesn’t go when it comes to promising goalkeepers. Quite rightly they will want to be the number one somewhere as it is their career and they’ll want to play rather than be sat on the bench.

I wish them all the best of luck to be honest – Harper, Krul and Forster. At the minute I would say that Krul is in the lead with regard to being the goalkeeper for next season but I guess things can change. I know Krul has made a few errors, but so does every goalkeeper in fairness and he is still learning so will get better. How do people expect a player to get better when they don’t play?

Forster has done alright at Celtic, but to be honest I dare say that I could be a keeper for Celtic in the SPL such is the amount of work they have to do. The Old Firm could probably play without anyone in goal for each game aside from the games where they face each other!

We know what we’ll get with Steve Harper. Solid but unspectacular. He’ll also be trying to keep his shirt number throughout the pre-season campaign.

At least it makes a change from talking about Joey Barton!

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36 thoughts on “Krul’s quit threat.

  1. I dont understand what he hopes to achieve by making threats like this, personally I’m thinking he is making himself look like a huffy little child. He could learn something from Harps, sat on the bench for years before getting his big chance

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  2. Didn’t expect this at all. From Forster – yes. Not from Krul though.

    Oh well, I suppose we could use the transfer money to offset some of our own signings.

    Really disappointed in you Krully boy.

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  3. I really was expecting a few quiet weeks before the whole transfer window got up and running but f**k me it has not stopped has it?

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  4. never been a harper lover to be honest,yes all keepers make mistakes,a out-field player can make mistakes and get away with it a keeper cannot,if you look back at that 4th goal the gunners scored at sjp harper should have done a lot better the ball was in the air quite a while the box wasnt packed with so he had a good view of it and just flapped at it,ive watched harper closely while at sjp many times a man with one eye can see why he played second fiddle to shay for so long

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  5. theres another interpretation of this somewhere where he says he’s happy to come back and fight for the jersey and if he wasn’t prepared to fight then there is no point staying – typical sun trying to make it look like a demand to be no1

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  6. Krul should be the starter IMO. Harps is a bit more solid right now but Krul is only 23 and will only get better if given time.

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  7. Harpers performance against Stoke put me off him, Krul will keep improving with each match I think.

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  8. I feel unsafe with Krul in goal. He always looks nervous when collecting and kicking, but he seems to pull out fantastic saves from nowhere. Stick with Harps for one more year imo

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  9. MDS i agree mate,at least krul does try to come out and command the box on crosses,thats where he has got to learn a bit more and makes the odd mistake,but he will get better,ive never felt that harper commands the box imo

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  10. Either way its going to very intersting in the goalkeeping terms as we have Forester coming back from Celtic and by all acounts he has had a good season

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  11. Find it weird that people are criticising Harper’s command of the box all of a sudden.

    I remember when Given got injured a few years back and some people were even saying they had more faith in the defence with Harper ’cause he organised them better.

    Personally I still rate Harper, and think he deserves another year. Krul is what… 23? Even with the likes of Hart etc setting a precedent recently, that’s young for a first-choice keeper. His time will come.

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  12. What about that 2nd goal chelski scored the other week.
    Krul came out flapping at a high wide ball that posed no threat whatsoever, missed it and left his net gaping for a free header. Twat, and thats not the 1st time either.
    Like icedog says, outfield players can make a mistake and get away with it, but keepers dont.
    Harper will have to fight it out for the number 1 jersey next season aswell, so there is as much a chance for Krul and Forster. But by the time the decision is made it will be too late for one of them to move on, so then what???

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  13. Let’s not forget Harper’s errors against Stoke City. We need to back Krul and at least let him start off next year as number one because Harper probably only has one year left before he retires and thus I’d rather back youth than lose someone we’ve been grooming for four or five years now.

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  14. How reliable are quotes from The Sun?

    Dont tell me he told the Sun a week or two prior to his international debut (topic, which he should be discussing) and blabbered just 15 words about first team football, which not going to come in minimum 2 and a half months and left…..

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  15. Ahmed4nufc
    Posted May 27, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    “I’d rather back youth than lose someone we’ve been grooming for four or five years now.”

    Grooming 😆

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  16. Jose will be offered a new ‘fantastic’ contract next week when his reps come to Newcastle next week. It’s on the chronicle

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  17. AndrewT, dont think thats true like, why would they offer such a good new offer to someone who is clearly unmotivated and couldnt care for the club, as opposed to barton, who loves the club and want to be there

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  18. 4411, that sounds about right. I don’t see krul giving NUFC an ultimatum like this. I’ll wait to see the fuller quote in context about krul

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  19. Milkman, at least this story tells us that a decision will finally be 100% made by the end if next week, and we’ll know if we need a deputy or a starter at LB

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  20. Aye I suppose mate, I know who I’d much rather have sign a contract like. Enrique has really annoyed me since january, feels like he is trying to force a transfer

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  21. I kind of agree with Krul. But he needs to improve certain aspects of his game, he’s not as good as he thinks he is yet. It’s those silly little things that come with experience and it can make me understand why a manager would continue with a senior ‘keeper. But Krul will be better than Harper, no doubt. Maybe by the end of next season if he gets the playing time and the experience.

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  22. If Krul can become even 80% of Van Der Sar I would be very happy. Personally I think he should play next season and next season should be about building a squad to really challenge the next season and for me we should invest that time and experience in Krul now.

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  23. toonsy
    Posted May 27, 2011 at 1:49 PM
    Ahmed4nufc
    Posted May 27, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    “I’d rather back youth than lose someone we’ve been grooming for four or five years now.”

    Grooming 😆

    His mop could do with some grooming. 😆

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  24. Well he gets a call up for the Dutch senior squad then starts demanding the no1 jersey . Well i say offer him to Feyenoord for Wijndalum or to Twente for Bryan Ruiz both teams would take our offer believe me . Good dutch keepers are thin on the ground at the minute after Van der Sar and Martin Stekelenberg (ajax) Krul is the best they have

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  25. To be honest Krul is entitled to make these demands. He’s just been called up for the cloogy national team, and is a good keeper, though at the moment prone to mistakes that he will hopefully iron out of his game. He just needs to live up to his own “self-opinion” and he will be first choice anyway…it’s easy…

    Or Ashley will wait a year and sell him on, or use him in part exchange to strengthen the squad.

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  26. Any statistical analysis on our defense with Harper in goal vs. Krul in goal?

    I think Harps may be more solid still, but Pardew needs to be clear to both of them that there’s competition. Harps should be the starter until or unless he makes a few blunders. Then hand it over to Krul.

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