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The Curious Case of NUFC’s Other Keeper

10 years ago

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.


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