Let’s not be Krul

Tim Krul showing immense improvement

Is Tim the man of choice?
It’s been a very satisfying start to the campaign between the posts for keeper Tim Krul. But the question is will he stay there?

It seems like it was just yesterday when he was stopping shots from Giuseppe Biava and David Di Michele on his Newcastle debut against Palermo. But after two loan spells at Falkirk and Carlisle, Krul found himself as second choice keeper on Tyneside following Shay Given’s departure. Fast forward a bit more and now Tim is knocking on the door of the #1 spot. He has started every game so far this season, even if it’s only through Harper picking up a knock, and I think everyone will agree he has been magnificent!

Played four conceded two, two clean sheets and much more than a handful of great saves. His reflexes in particular have impressed me the most, and he has the ability to make the goal look twice as small as it actually is.

The problem is that Alan Pardew doesn’t quite think he’s done enough to ensure his first team spot, and stated on Match of The Day; “I said if he continues to play the way he’s doing, there will be a chance he will be in the first team on a regular basis.”

Now this season, MOTD have only debated three goalkeepers – David De Gea, Michele Vorm, and of course, Tim Krul. They had strong words and were very positive towards him. That is high praise and if Tim watched that, he will take a lot of confidence from it.

The thing is, I believe we should play Krul week in week out, no matter what the circumstance is. He is maturing and will want to start playing regularly. His performances have afforded him a run in the team although there are still rough edges to his game. In fairness I’d hope that this run of games goes some way to him cutting out some of the mistakes and learning when to come and when not to come for the ball.

Rob Eliot gives us another option although it seems pretty clear that he has only been signed as a backup. He’ll no doubt want to try and get in the first team but with Tim Krul playing like he is I’d say there is little chance of that happening at the moment.

It’s been a long time coming for Krul. He’s been with the club five years now and is getting to the age where he needs consistent starts in goal to further his career.

Is now his time?

58 thoughts on “Let’s not be Krul

  1. Doesn’t Bellemy alway score against us too, bet he gets his customery goal on his debut then!


  2. Good write up. I don’t think he meant the word chance in such a way as to imply it’s just a small chane though. I think it’s more just Yo make sure krul keeps a level head and his feet on the ground. Let’s hope so anyway.

    More quotes from sochaux on sky saying that they won’t sell til jan after they missed out on gradel


  3. I think that the work that Neil Warnock is doing at Queen’s Park Retirement Home should be applauded.


  4. Why do you sign a goal keeper on 5-year deal when you loan out a better goal keeper Frazer to Celtic? Very strange move; but this Newcastle.


  5. DAVIDE SANTON today admitted his dream of playing in Europe with his new team Newcastle United – and instantly struck a chord with the Toon Army when he cheekily confessed he’d never seen a Mackem in Milan.


  6. Santon has come out an confirmed what we all knew…

    No, has has NEVER seen a Mackem in Milan.



  7. Thanks for the heads up troy πŸ™‚ Was going to get his name on the back of my jersery, PWEH close call there πŸ™‚


  8. You know the talks will break down at the last minute and a new club will move in.

    So predictable!


  9. If we are looking to spend around 10million on a striker why dont we try for a cheeky bid for Kalou?

    playing week in week out i think he would easily score 15-20 goals per season.


  10. Was just goons suggest that premandup. Chronicle said we were offered him about a month ago. Can cover cb and lb. BBC saying he’s one they’re looking to move on


  11. ….I wonder if Toonsy has temporarily disabled them to help page loading time, in anticipation of tonight’s mammoth D-Day post. It’ll probably hit 1000 comments I’d imagine.


  12. I was just checking the other day.
    Since January I’ve made Β£42.57 by posting.

    Can anyone beat that?


  13. Danny Simpson via tweets..”Its all happenin #deadlineday”

    I wonder if he’s off or we have more thru already?


  14. Les Kellett!

    (good old Google drag ‘n’ drop image search function, I forgot about that!)

    …reet, off into toon, sitheeeees……..


  15. @rodz

    You post quite a bit. How much have you made this year? My account is showing Β£42.57 as of yesterday lunchtime .


  16. 12 hours to get a striker!!! I just cant see it myself!!! And if it is someone its probs gna be someone on loan!!! Ashley spend some money u prick!!!


  17. From dabeeb.com…

    Things are that bad at Everton, David Moyes has told sources that they can’t even afford a rumour.

    Hahaha πŸ™‚


  18. maiga…could be a runner…find out defo next 2 hours…he has kicked up a storm..might have no choice..like carrol….the club let him go…cisse is strong so dont not what 2 believe…


  19. @rodz

    That’s good going that like.
    Mind that is just my Troy account.
    With Bobbys posts I’ve made Β£232.56


  20. @Troy

    I see last night you were really impressed with the Santon deal πŸ™‚ not that you were rubbishing it at all tho πŸ˜‰

    Who would you of signed if given the chance?


  21. Anyone else feel that Santon’s move is the final nail in the coffin of Joey Barton’s rants.
    Santon & Cabaye attracted by ‘the clubs ambition’, but apparently it isn’t evident to international regular JB


  22. @Mark

    I’m not a director of football. I don’t know how much we spend on wages to attract good players. Enrique wouldn’t have cost me a transfer fee so I would have kept him as he is proven to be one of the best.

    My point only was, he may be a cracking player and clearly had a lot of plaudits when YOUNGER. however there are a lot of indications, which I highlighted last night, to cast doubts on that.

    So I was basically criticising those who were euphoric claiming he was absolute class.

    I will make an assessment once I see him for a few months.


  23. @SolanosTrumpet

    If he thinks we’re not ambitious he didnt see the QPR team b4 signing..

    FitzHall is still their daddy. They only have 10mil to spent to strengthen. Their team is rubbish, defo relegation fodder.


  24. I’d rather be slightly euphoric then down in the dumps about the signing tho. You sounded gutted. not that you were rubbishing it at al tho..:)


  25. I’m not a scout or know who’s out there .

    I don’t know how much money we have for fees or wages.

    That is not my point.

    I can’t be any clearer than that.


  26. @mark

    Not at all.

    You are searching for something that isn’t there.

    Do you think Santon is class ?


  27. @mark

    I’m sure I sounded gutted to someone who was slightly euphoric.

    But if you were level headed, you would probably realise I was level headed. πŸ˜‰


  28. You are searching for something that isn’t there?? what does that mean.

    I wouldn’t say he was class. I havent seen enough of him yet.

    it is a class signing given the overall plaudits regarding the player.

    but I’d rather show excitement for a player than sound downbeat. According to you we werent signing any1 so this must be a boost?? ffs we could of ended up with nowt or wayne bridge, the thought of this not happening must make you slightly happy? no?


  29. troy u are right mate..wait 2 see if he is class…he looks tasty going forward..very strong and full of pace..he reminds me of bale..but likes a tackle..but takes the player out..then making good tackles..he will get a lot of yellow cards or off..he is very strong that is good..playing in this league…we will leave gaps..when he goes forward 2 much for me..we have 2 wait and see..he is only 20…


  30. the fact he is only 20 plenty time to improve, he has great managers raving about him. He’s got 7 international caps and played over 50 times for AC … makes me slightly excited.. i cant see how any1 couldnt be happy about it?


  31. @mark

    It sounds like you are searching for me to agree I was gutted. I’m saying you are searching for something that is not true.

    I’m not gutted. I can only do this so many times before you take it in.

    I was never criticising the signing, which I made clear in my posts. I dint know enough about the player.
    I was however, criticising bloggers last night for saying he was absolute class and a great signing.

    The reasons for My doubts were evidenced within my posts .

    You either read them or dismiss them.

    Your choice, but you’ve clearly dismissed some very important points IMO .


  32. Signing African players is fine. But remember the African cup will be played next year, when the league will be at a critical stage. So Newcastle could be without Tiote, Demba Ba and if they follow up interest from Maiga. So Buying Kalou as somebody suggested will make things worst.
    M J


  33. mark..he plays like bale mate…i am very exicted..u watch and see…down side can he defend…but like u say..he is only 20…u no what this lot r like…is great we got r hands on a super star potential..


  34. fair enough but I’m sure anyone reading your 1st post, which is normally an indication of feelings regarding any signing would of felt you were slightly rubbishing the deal. you certainly didnt add any positives. maybe that just the way you are.

    anyway whats wrong with ppl having a good time about our new signing. why piss on the party. πŸ™‚


  35. @asim

    Ive seen all the vids m8. I think he’s be a great addition. thats why I couldnt understand any negativity towards him.


  36. His all round game is finally growing. I feared he as just a shot stopper extraordinaire, and his command of the area was weak, but having Colo and Saylor in front of him mjst be helping. He looks more assured, and will hopefully keep learning.

    I have to say I find Pardew’s man management spiel extremely odd….

    The problem is that Alan Pardew doesn’t quite think he’s done enough to ensure his first team spot, and stated on Match of The Day; β€œI said if he continues to play the way he’s doing, there will be a chance he will be in the first team on a regular basis.”


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