I think most Newcastle fans will have been disappointed to see the Tim Krul Brazil hopes take a severe, possibly fatal, blow when he was left out of the Dutch squad to face France on Wednesday.
However, I think the supporters are taking a more realistic view of the situation than Alan Pardew, the Newcastle manager having this to say about the situation to the Shields Gazette;
“Tim was disappointed to be left out of the Dutch squad.
“I said to him before the (Hull) game that he needed to put in a performance that warranted a call and he did that – the double save was excellent.
“It was as good as any he made at Tottenham, then he has literally got himself up launched that attack for our goal, which we have worked on – he didn’t forget the game plan in that moment.
“He has performed for us and I think he’s Holland’s best keeper – he is very disappointed.”
Pardew can quite rightly point to that crucial double save against Hull but he surely has to also acknowledge the shocking goal Krul conceded when he got nowhere near a bog standard cross from a set-piece.
Likewise, it was an unbelievable display by Krul away at Spurs, however, in the recent home match against Tottenham there were at least two of the goals that on top form the Dutch keeper would have dealt with. Instead though he ended up presenting two tap-ins to play a big part in their four goal demolition.
Is that harsh? Well yes when you are comparing to run of the mill keepers but if he wants to be in Brazil representing one of the favourites then he must show the very best form to do so.
The reality of how Dutch Coach Louis Van Gaal operates , is that he is might not see all the saves Tim Krul makes but I bet he sees every single goal his likely keepers concede. So seeing goals such as the clanger at Hull and the poor showing against Spurs, you can see why he might be having second thoughts.
The things is as well is that coming for crosses used to be such a strong part of Krul’s game but this season he has came for the ball and got nowhere near it on a number of occasions, though usually got away with it through luck or one of his teammates intervening.
Again, there has to be question marks against the coaching at Newcastle when one of our key players seems to be going backwards.
Louis Van Gaal believes there are currently at least three better keepers and they include Michel Vorm of Swansea, so it isn’t as though he is ignoring the Premier League.