I started off writing this article about Tim Krul, but after a few moments of deliberation I thought it would be unfair to just focus on one player.
Essentially I was wondering just how far Tim Krul can go in his career after what has been an exceptional start to the season for the young Dutch stopper. I thought about the visible improvement from the 23-year-old, but then I thought that he wasn’t the only who has visibly improved.
So who else has improved markedly? Is Krul the most improved player after all or is there someone else that has caught your eye that can perhaps surpass how Krul has improved in this very short space of time? Let’s take a look…
First off I guess I have to start with the initial inspiration for the article – Tim Krul. Now a full Dutch international, the improvement Krul has shown from last season to this, or even from the start of this season to now, has been a marked one.
From commanding his area to dealing with crosses to shot stopping, pretty much every aspect of Krul’s game has improved and he is now, quite rightly, our first choice goalkeeper, by some margin in my opinion.
Steven Taylor is another one who, I think anyway, has improved an awful lot. Now with Taylor I’m not just looking at last season as he was plagued by injury, and I’m not even sure if he has actually improved or whether it’s the fact that he is fulfilling his potential at last, but he has been immense at the back and has been an integral part of our fantastic start to the season.
Another first team player who I think has improved this season is Danny Simpson. He still has moments where he backs off his attacker but he seems to be getting better and can read the game a bit more. He is showing me that he isn’t always the liability I thought he was!
Finally, I’d say Sammy Ameobi has to be included in this. He’s gone from a promising youth player to being involved in the first team and has even picked up some starts along the way. He’s done well when called upon, but for me the sign of his progression is his increased involvement in the first team and the faith that Alan Pardew appears to have put in the lad.
Personally I think that is it. Remember, we’re talking about players who have improved at Newcastle so realistically any new signing can be ruled out as, well, we just don’t know what they were really like before they joined us and we started watching them week in and week out. I’ve also left out the likes of Fabricio Coloccini as he was excellent last season and is just continuing his high level of performance.
So who would you go with? Does Tim Krul do it for you? Do any of them do it for you? Perhaps you have your own idea as to who you think has improved the most? Let us know.