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?