Tim Krul is set for a return to the Premier League with a surprise deadline day move.
The Dutch keeper has had a nightmare 15 months and what looked an ideal year out back in Holland with Ajax has proved anything but.
Since getting back to full fitness in November, Tim Krul has found his path to first team football blocked, with 20 year old Andre Onana surprisingly emerging as a great find for the Dutch club.
He has played every league game since Jasper Cillessen went to Barcelona in the summer and what is more, Krul hasn’t even made it onto the bench.
Ajax have made it clear they want rid of him and the Newcastle keeper even went seven weeks without a game for the reserves, until he finally got a game on Friday night.
At this stage of the season it is unlikely that you are going to walk straight into a number one shirt but the Dutch international could have found the next best thing as he tries to get his career back on track.
Watford are now widely reported to be looking at a move for Krul as cover for Heurelho Gomes, as former Sunderland keeper Costel Pantilimon was forced off with injury during Watford’s defeat to Millwall in the FA Cup on Sunday.
He may not get a game, Gomes has started all 22 Premier League matches this season and Watford are now out of all the cups, but at least Tim Krul would be getting on the bench and more in the spotlight if he is looking to find a new club in the summer – if his time at Newcastle is now coming to an end.
He turns 29 in April and by August could have gone 22 months without a first team club game since the 6-1 hammering Newcastle got at Manchester City.
Last week, Rafa Benitez confirmed there was no place for Krul at Newcastle, at least for this season, one club though had already asked to take him for the rest of this campaign but were deemed unsuitable.
Heurelho Gomes turns 36 in two weeks time so Tim Krul could also interest Watford as a possible replacement number one if he impressed in a loan spell.
“I prefer to have the three goalkeepers (Sels, Darlow, Elliot) and nobody will go.
“The rumours about Tim Krul coming back?
“No chance because we have these three and we are happy with them.
“We have a special situation because we have got three very good goalkeepers.
“It’s not easy, especially when one is doing very well and the others have to wait, but I prefer to have this problem than to be unsure.
“If you have injuries or suspensions you don’t want to lose games because you don’t have good goalkeepers.
“Tim Krul is a top class keeper who needed some time because he has been injured.
“He has been playing for the Ajax Under 21 team, so if someone is interested in a keeper then he is always a name that people will look at.
“We’ve had one club asking but we weren’t very happy with the idea because it was not the right club.
“But if someone is asking, then we have to consider it, because we sent him on loan with the idea for him to play.
“It is important for him to keep playing, have the chance.”