Newcastle preparing for the departure of Tim Krul

Tim Krul waves to fellow teammates during Newcastle's encounter with Manchester City

Krul – Reportedly considering a move away from St. James’ Park this summer

Few Newcastle United fans will forget Tim Krul’s European debut against Palermo in the old UEFA Cup. A team which featured the likes of Alberto Luque and Antoine Sibierski travelled to Italy with the hope of pulling off a memorable result and they did exactly that, with Tim Krul the sole reason behind the famous victory. At just 17 years of age, Krul replaced an injured Steve Harper between the sticks and made a name for himself by contributing a handful of physic-defying saves. I will always remember the reaction of Palermo’s star midfielder Fábio Simplício as he was denied in front of goal for a third time. After saving everything thrown in his direction, the referee sounded the final whistle to mark a solid 1-0 victory for Glenn Roeder’s men with Alberto Luque the unlikely match-winner. Eight, yes … Continue Reading …

Midterm Report: How has Tim Krul performed so far?

Tim Krul in action for Newcastle United

Krul – How has the Dutchman fared out between the sticks so far?

It it easy to quickly move on to the coming Premier League fixtures and focus on the future as a football fan, but sometimes looking back can yield some interesting and often crucial analysis which can help benefit future performances. Managers across the world usually re-watch entire game footage to point out areas which need improvement in future fixtures and this applies to many team sports. As a Newcastle United fan, I thought it might be useful to look at each individual player that has donned a Black and White shirt this season so far and give them a sort of ‘Midterm Report’ as I like to call it. In the following series, starting with the goalkeeper Tim Krul I plan to give a balance and concise report on his performances from the beginning of the Premier League … Continue Reading …

Spurs bid £10m for Krul as Newcastle have £4m offer for Anita knocked back

Vurnon Anita in action for Ajax

Anita - Highly rated by the Newcastle scouting team and likely to arrive

First off, there’s a couple of rumours going around that Tim Krul has been subject to a £10m bid from Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham Hotspurs. If this is the case, then I’m sure the NUFC hierarchy will only laugh off the bid and tell Harry that Timmy’s left hand isn’t for sale. £10m?! For one of the keepers of the season – in a side that finished just off the Champions League spots – ten million wouldn’t cover half the keepers fee. At the very least I’d be looking for £25m for Krul … Continue Reading …

When is the last time Newcastle United have had so many..

Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye in training with the French squad

Benny – Making the French squad a testament to his work since the horrid broken leg

….players heading to a major tournament? World Cup 2010, Jonas Gutierrez featured for Argentina, was there anyone else in South Africa on Newcastle United’s books? Euro 2008? Can’t say I remember anyone representing NUFC at the tournament. This year however, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye and Tim Krul look likely to go. For a European championship, that is a pretty impressive showing, and a testament to Newcastle United’s fantastic season; especially when … Continue Reading …

Newcastle United release 2012/13 Goalkeeper & Change Strip

Newcastle United's 2012/13 Change Strip

New Away Strip - Not bad!

Newcastle United have today announced their change strip for the upcoming 2012/13 season – as well as released the goalkeepers shirt which is less desirable than the jersey pictured above.
I’m not sure how much we’ll use the change kit, perhaps away to Spurs, and Fulham again next season but not a whole lot. Either way, here’s a look at them: … Continue Reading …