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Is Tim Krul The Man For NUFC – What The Stats Say

7 years ago

As Newcastle United prepare for another gruelling campaign, I thought it would be interesting to look into the man between the sticks, Tim Krul.

He has been one of the constants since the black and whites returned to the Premier League in 2010, but is it possible to measure his importance to the Newcastle team? Might as well give it a try with some numbers.

It seems overall that when the stats suggest Krul, despite his fine reputation and high standing with the fans, in all actuality probably needs to up his game this coming season.

I myself am a massive fan of the Dutchman and think he could be world class but the stats don’t lie. Although I think they only represent part of the overall picture.

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The overall findings saw that Newcastle are in truth only slightly better off with Krul in goal. In the 119 Premier League matches he has played they have picked up 161 points (1.34 points per match), while without him Newcastle have only fared marginally worse, picking up 39 points in 33 games  (1.18 points per game).

Nevertheless, a stat that does buff up the Dutchman, is that when he has played Newcastle pick up a clean sheet every 3.6 games, while without it is every 4.6. A more telling piece of evidence when trying to show the true importance of Krul to this Newcastle team.

In truth his examples of leadership, passion and loyalty to Newcastle is immeasurable and you can guarantee if Newcastle are to have a successful season he will be at the very centre of it. However, it is interesting to break seasons down and have a real look at how players have performed.

The stats on season per season are as follows…

He initially broke onto the scene on the opening day of the Championship in 2009 after Steve Harper had to be replaced due to taking a boot in the face from the often clumsy Shola Ameobi. A host of world class saves denied the Baggies before Ameobi finished neatly to ensure an opening day point at the Hawthorns.

Krul would have to wait patiently until the following year during Newcastle’s first season back in the Premier League in 2010/11 for his first proper break in the first team. On the

whole this initial season would have been disappointing for Krul as the Toon only picked up 22 points in the 22 games he played (1 point per game), while picked up 23 points in the 16 games Steve Harper appeared (1.43 points per game).

Despite the stats that season, it was important to go in favour of Krul who had shown flashes of the potential of being a world class goalkeeper,rather then veteran Harper. Krul repaid Pardew and a little more that campaign by playing at a consistently high level in all 38 Premier League games, picking up 65 points (1.71 points per game) as Newcastle mounted a serious Champions League push for the first time since under the great Sir Bobby Robson.

The following campaign saw the Geordies struggle to balance the Europa League and due to Krul’s injuries he only made 24 Premier League outings in which they picked up 25 points (1.04 points per game). Without Krul, a mixture of Steve Harper and Rob Elliot picked up 16 points in 14 matches (1.14 points per game), meaning for the second time in three seasons Newcastle had done better without Dutchman points-wise.

However, during last season Krul improved upon the season before, playing closer to his best as he played 36 Premier League games as the black and whites picked up a healthier total of 49 points (1.36 points per game), while in the two games he missed the Magpies drew blanks, losing both games 4-0 to Southampton and Manchester United.

He made some particularly impressive displays in November, conceding two goals in two games against Norwich City and West Brom while keeping clean sheets against Tottenham (in which he made a Premier League record total of 14 saves during the match) and Chelsea. His impressive displays did not go unnoticed and he picked up the Premier League player of the month award.

Krul will now hopefully kick on after a better season last year and come close to the form he showed during the 2011/12 season, in which he picked up an incredible 15 clean sheets and played every single league game.

If he can do this and the new signings can settle into a good system, there is no reason why Newcastle could not be battling for a Europa League place, or even Champions League spot this season.

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