Last weekend was a personal milestone for Tim Krul but not one he will want to linger on.

Saturday 5 February saw the Newcastle goalkeeper make his first senior club appearance in 16 months, as AZ Alkmaar travelled to PSV.

However, the on-loan keeper had to pick the ball out of his net four times as AZ went down 4-2 to PSV, with former Newcastle loan player Luuk de Jong scoring the fourth.

Today (Sunday 12 Feb), sixth placed AZ Alkmaar travelled to fourth placed Heerenveen and Tim Krul kept his place.

Tim Krul and AZ running out 2-1 winners and moving above Utrecht and Heerenveen, into fourth place.

Today’s win was actually Krul’s first league win since 24 May 2015 when Newcastle beat West Ham 2-0 on the last day of the season (Jonas Gutierrez scoring in his final NUFC appearance) and made sure of survival (for 12 months…).

On moving to AZ Alkmaar on loan, the indications were that the Newcastle keeper had been promised some games but increasingly it looks as though Tim Krul has been made first choice keeper until the end of the season.

Uruguayan Sergio Rochet was in goal for AZ Alkmaar’s previous 20 league matches this season but has been on the bench for these last two games.

AZ have the worst goals against record this season of any team in the top half of the Dutch league, having conceded 32 goals, which to put it into perspective – the three clubs above have conceded 12 Feyenoord and 14 each for Ajax & PSV.

If he is to be first choice in these next three months, it can only be really good news for both Tim Krul and Newcastle United, to see if he can recapture the form that could see him back in the NUFC set-up, or be sold for a decent price.