Alan Pardew has spoken of how our Dutch international Tim Krul, can become a goalkeeping great much like former Newcastle United goalie Shay Given did.
Krul has produced some self-assured performances since gaining the number one slot and has been a key cog in Alan Pardew’s defence.
His displays this season have gained him many plaudits and many more were gained with his fantastic performance against Manchester United at the weekend. Pardew now feels that the Dutchman is capable of achieving similar success to Shay Given.
Pardew told reporters “Potentially, it is fair to say he could do that. But he has a long way to go. Shay Given was at the top of the tree for Newcastle for many years. Tim has a great future in front of him if he keeps his feet on the floor, works on his game. Who knows what he can achieve?”
It certainly seems as if Pardew feels that Krul can gain the cult status that Shay Given had at the club. Already Krul is becoming a hero in his own right for the way that he has performed during this season and I expect him to pull off another convincing display when Chelsea come to town on Saturday.
As a goalkeeper Krul has developed over the number of years that he has been at the club and that will be in part to the fact that he was able to have the guidance of Shay Given and Steve Harper. Having those two goalies as mentors has obviously done wonders for the Dutchman as he will have been able to learn many aspects of how to be a top goalie.
Tim Krul is fast gaining a reputation for being a top goalkeeper for Newcastle United and I expect him to continue these fine performances throughout the season. The Dutch stopper has the world at his feet and is impressing already, but he also still has an awful lot of time to get even better!
What do you think? Can Tim Krul become a goalkeeping great for us?