Does Anybody Recognise This Tim Krul?
Does anybody recognise this Tim Krul everybody is talking about?
The events in Salvador on Saturday night have kicked off a global phenomenon and illustrates the sheer reach of communication networks in this modern era.
A worldwide TV audience watched the Holland v Costa Rica events unfold but then in the aftermath, the web and social media just goes mental with the whole thing going viral.
As a Newcastle fan you couldn’t help but be captivated by the whole event, especially as you were watching a goalkeeper who looked like Tim Krul, walked like Tim Krul and was called Tim Krul but…didn’t act like our Tim Krul.
It wasn’t just the fact that he saved two penalties out of five, having previously posted only two saves out of twenty four in all competitions for Newcastle United (various studies suggest keepers generally keep out one in four).
An even bigger change was the fact that the confident but unassuming Tim Krul of Newcastle United, was now this prowling getting in your face character as each Costa Rican walked up to the penalty spot. Timmy giving each of them verbals, even though afterwards he claimed he was only politely telling them where they were going to be placing their penalties.
Louis Van Gaal stated afterwards that Krul’s greater reach to potentially save penalties had helped him decide to replace Jasper Cillessen in those final seconds. Personally I think that Krul’s six feet four inch imposing frame was employed at least as much to intimidate the opposition and complete his transformation into the expert penalty stopper who also gets in people’s faces.
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I looked on in amusement, as ironically the only other time I’d seen him so animated and in somebody else’s face, was when Robin Van Persie showed a total lack of class when Arsenal defeated Newcastle at the Emirates in 2012.
The whole Tim Krul penalty adventure in Brazil was clearly masterminded, and manufactured, by Louis Van Gaal. With the keeper’s acting on a par with Sylvester Stallone if only the Costa Ricans had known him a bit better.
What the future holds is unclear where Newcastle United and Tim Krul are concerned, with the keeper allegedly joining the likes of Debuchy and Sissoko on the list of those players who are ‘thinking’ about their futures post-World Cup.
Hopefully Newcastle can reap the benefits and a revitalised Tim Krul can return to Tyneside with an extra edge to his winning mentality and a capacity to improve what is a woeful penalty saving record for his club.
Elsewhere though, plenty will be looking at this imposing and edgy ‘take no prisoners’ keeper who could be just what they are looking for…
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