A player that doesn’t attract many headlines is Newcastle United goalkeeper, Fraser Forster.

He might not be turning out for United at the moment but Forster is clearly a keeper with massive potential.

Only 23 he has played well over a hundred first team games while on loan at the likes of Norwich and currently Celtic.

It will be interesting to see how both Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew view the young Geordie keeper’s future.

I remember a good few years ago being told by people inside the club that he looked a real prospect and they even went so far as to get a price at the bookies as to him playing for England one day.

He was voted player of the year in 2010 at Norwich who wanted to buy him, then ever since his move to Celtic he’s won rave reviews north of the border and helped them back to top of the league only this week.

I’m guessing that this could be his last season on loan as both the club and the player will have ideas about his future.

No doubt there will be a temptation to bring a few million in for a player who cost nothing through the ranks, this would in my eyes be a terrible move – throwing away a real prospect for next to nothing.

In terms of the manager I’d hope he sees next season as the one to bring Forster back into the fold and have him providing real competition for the number one jersey with Tim Krul. Steve Harper clearly has had his day and Rob Elliot seemingly no more than a bargain stop gap…I hope!

As for that bet, I wish I’d followed the tip as for recent England matches the back-up for the decent but well overrated Joe Hart came from one battling relegation in the Championship (David Stockdale of Ipswich) and one in the lower reaches of the Turkish ‘top’ division (Scott Carson at Bursaspor).

The 6ft 7 Fraser Forster could have a big future ahead of him, let’s just hope that it is at Newcastle.

***Interesting fact – Did you know, Fraser Forster’s dad is a QC who was appointed as a Circuit Judge in 2007.

  • Anonymous

    Watched Forster a lot of times when he was coming through and he looks like he has what it takes.
    You know what they say as well, you should always take a good big un over a good little un.

  • Anonymous

    I know it’s mickey mouse stuff up in jocko land but surely it is a no-brainer that we need to keep Forster alongside Timmy, Harper is history and Elliot is just filling a shirt, I hope!

  • Mal

    I think the problem is that Forster won’t want to stay unless he’s No.1 and you can’t argue with the fact that Krul has earned that with his displays so far. So my guess is he will be sold to Celtic either in January or the summer unless another club (spurs?) come in for him. Ideally we would keep him – why we signed Elliott is beyond me.

  • Anonymous

    Can understand Forster wanting to be number one but if the club was going places then I reckon he’d give it a go for a year or two. Think I’d rather be playing in the park than the trampy scottish league.

  • Anonymous

    Bit strange how we have two potentially top class keepers in Krul and Forster, yet have only one striker and a winger like Obertan who can only run towards his own goal!

  • Tony Fiddes

    Whilst the game is driven by money and the demands of players/agents etc I cast a thought to the fact that if a player actually does place winning things as a mark of his career then Fraser has done that at Norwich {League winners medal} and Celtic {Cup winner} At Celtic he also has the ‘clean sheet’ record. How many of the current crop will even have that when they retire? Whatever the outcome re NUFC – well done to Fraser Forster so far!

  • Anonymous

    If Fraser is talking to Steve Harper, then he will not make the same decision that a young harps did when he chose to stay at Newcastle and compete with Shay Given.  I love Harps but he spent the overwhelming bulk of his career as a second option, when, with the right team, he could have been a permanent fixture on a first team.  We need both Krul and Forster, but Fraser needs to go for his own development.