Tim Krul has taken time to speak to The Independent today about a number of things ranging from our season and how it may pan out, to Papiss Demba Cisse and his knack of finding the back of the net.
Krul has been one of my players of the season and has shown everyone the quality that he has. Signed to a new five-year deal, the Holland international seems happy enough with life at Newcastle and is looking forward to exciting times ahead.
“It’s incredible. The good times are back at Newcastle – just keep believing,” said Krul. “Bolton at home on Monday is a big opportunity. It’s about taking it one game at a time. Swansea away from home is not easy and to have come away with three points is great. Hopefully, with a sell-out crowd on Monday, we can get another three points.”
He continued: “We have to believe we can reach the Champions League and win our games. Bolton is the first one, then Stoke at home as well; those are the games we have to win to keep the pressure on the top four or five. Maybe we can sneak in but we have to take it game by game.”
“Where we are in the league shows what a good job Alan Pardew has done. Everyone is committed and wants to work for each other. We had a lot of new players coming in but they settled straight away and we haven’t had any problems,” Krul added.
Certainly some positive comments from our Dutch youngster, and they have a ring of truth to them of course, providing we carry on winning games. However with a striker in the form that Papiss Demba Cisse is in right now, I wouldn’t put it past us to beat anyone. What does Tim think of him though?
“He is scoring everything at the moment,” said Krul. “In training on Thursday he chipped Rob Elliott from 40 metres. He’s on fire and what a player to have bought.”
The chip from 40 yards sounds impressive doesn’t it? Unfortunately I’ve seen Rob Elliot move, or not, with my own eyes which takes some of the impressiveness away.
The point to this article is to highlight that this is the third player in the last few days to come out with aspirations such as this. Cheik Tiote and Yohan Cabaye have both spoke recently about Europe and what it would mean for them to get it, and with Tim Krul saying much the same it would appear that there is an undercurrent of ambition forming within our squad.
Which at this time of the season is a good thing!