Reading have agreed a three year deal with Guthrie while it was claimed last night that Forster had finally signed for Celtic in a permanent deal.
With Guthrie I know there are a number of fans who think he will be a significant loss but I just don’t see it.
Good luck to him but in the four years at Newcastle all I saw was a player with a certain amount of ability but not the stamina or attitude to do it in the Premier League. When he was left out last season and then appeared as a substitute, he clearly brought that sense of injustice onto the pitch but as a negative, not a positive, which the right kind of players would.
It is no coincidence that he shone brightest in the Championship which is probably his level, his physical limitations/fitness regularly shown up in the fact he regularly couldn’t see matches out and at times went down with cramp little more than an hour into matches.
On the other hand I think it is a great shame that Fraser Forster is leaving St.James’ Park.
I don’t whether he has it in him to be a keeper at the very top but it would have been nice to find out at Newcastle.
At a time when all the talk is of bringing players through from the academy and how great it would be to have more local lads etc etc, we let a player like Forster leave who fits that very profile.
I think Newcastle should have strived to put him alongside Krul and let them battle it out, whilst at the same time provide reliable cover which to me Rob Elliot doesn’t.
For whatever reason the will was not there and I think Forster can feel aggrieved that he wasn’t wanted at his hometown club and I just hope it won’t prove to be Newcastle’s great loss.
I love Tim Krul but as we all know, footballers aren’t for life (Shola excepted!) and one day he is likely to leave and in the meantime we are only one injury away from a real problem with our last line of defence.