Rafa Benitez has confirmed that Tim Krul will not be seen at St James Park this season but that he could be moving to another club from Ajax.
The Dutch keeper’s injury nightmare has now developed into one where he is finding it impossible to get any games.
The Tim Krul plan was to head off to Ajax, finish off his recovery from injury quickly, then start playing first team football for Ajax. The Dutch club had sold star keeper Jasper Cillessen to Barcelona and so they hoped that they could get by with 20 year old Andre Onana, who hadn’t played a senior game before this season, until the Newcastle keeper was ready after a few weeks training.
Instead, his recovery from the ACL injury took a little longer than expected and in the meantime Onana has amazed the Ajax coaches, conceding only 11 goals in 17 league matches and making the keeper’s shirt his own.
The writing is on the wall for Tim Krul as he has never even made it onto the bench for a first team game and after playing five matches for the reserves starting in November, he was then suddenly left out of even that level of football. The loan keeper finding himself without any game of football for seven weeks until he was given 90 minutes last (Friday) night in a reserve match at Den Bosch, the Ajax kids and Tim Krul winning 2-1.
It would definitely appear that by leaving him without any football, Ajax were ‘encouraging’ Tim Krul to look elsewhere, presumably to save on his wages, and now Rafa Benitez has confirmed that Newcastle did have an approach from another club to take Krul to the end of the season but it ‘was not the right club’.
Rafa says he is happy with Darlow, Sels and Elliot fighting it out and then this week saw claims that Chelsea were interested in Tim Krul as their reserve keeper.
Whatever the truth in the future, Krul needs games now to get his career back on track. If he doesn’t move on from Ajax in the next few days, then he will almost certainly not play a senior match this season, meaning that by the start of next season it will be almost two years (22 months) since he had played first team club football – that being the 6-1 defeat at Manchester City with Newcastle.
In the meantime he turns 29 in April.
The Newcastle goalkeeper has only one year left on his contract after this season and surely the ideal situation all round, is that Tim Krul finds another loan club for these next three months and uses that as a platform to probably move on permanently for a fresh start in the summer.
“I prefer to have the three goalkeepers (Sels, Darlow, Elliot) and nobody will go.
“The rumours about Tim Krul coming back?
“No chance because we have these three and we are happy with them.
“We have a special situation because we have got three very good goalkeepers.
“It’s not easy, especially when one is doing very well and the others have to wait, but I prefer to have this problem than to be unsure.
“If you have injuries or suspensions you don’t want to lose games because you don’t have good goalkeepers.
“Tim Krul is a top class keeper who needed some time because he has been injured.
“He has been playing for the Ajax Under 21 team, so if someone is interested in a keeper then he is always a name that people will look at.
“We’ve had one club asking but we weren’t very happy with the idea because it was not the right club.
“But if someone is asking, then we have to consider it, because we sent him on loan with the idea for him to play.
“It is important for him to keep playing, have the chance.”