The highs and lows of football are shown by Tim Krul taking over as the Dutch number one on Friday, only to then injure his elbow in training on Saturday and be sent home.
Steve Harper had been relegated to number three, only for Rob Elliot’s limitations to be exposed in the likes of the Forest Carling Cup match last season and Harper to come back in on the bench so far this season. Neither keeper looked convincing in pre-season friendlies.
Even when Krul was rested for the Europa League match in Athens, Elliot wasn’t even trusted with a place on the bench – Tim Krul still travelling only to sit on the bench.
So we had Harper frozen out previously as surplus to requirements only now to be back in favour because the highly promising Fraser Forster was sacrificed to bring in a paltry £2m and Elliot exposed. I didn’t exactly see the bids flying in for Harper and Elliot!
You get into a comfort zone when you have a top class keeper like Krul because statistically they are far less likely to get injured than other positions.
I pray that we are not going to have to cope without the Dutch safe pair of hands because the two alternatives don’t bear thinking about for me.
From the Dutch number one, to two that nobody else wants, shows the disparity between our goalkeepers.
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