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Tim Krul debut nightmare in first start for 16 months

5 years ago

Tim Krul spent a frustrating time at Ajax, his loan period not seeing a single first team appearance in the six months he was in the Dutch capital.

A deadline day farce saw the Newcastle keeper give up on a move to Premier League side Watford as they endlessly deliberated over his medical, insisting on further and further tests.

Krul eventually giving up on them and grabbed an Easyjet flight back to Holland and signed for AZ Alkmaar until the end of the season on loan.

Tim Krul was assured first team involvement and only four days after signing he made his first start for AZ.

Playing at home to PSV on Saturday night, it proved to be a nightmare for the loan keeper.

Before Tim Krul had even made a single save he had picked the ball out of the net twice, Jetro Willems scoring twice in the first 16 minutes to give PSV a two goal lead.

AZ instantly pulled one back but just before half-time, Gaston Pereiro put a third past the Newcastle keeper.

With 10 minutes to go it was Luuk de Jong’s turn to beat Tim Krul, the former Newcastle loan player making it 4-1 t the visitors.

Siem de Jong made a brief appearance for the final six minutes but couldn’t add to Krul’s misery, instead AZ made the scoreline marginally more respectable with a late goal to give a final score of 4-2 to PSV.

The best you can say about this, was that at least Tim Krul got 90 minutes of first team football for the first time in 16 months and hopefully he will enjoy better days in the next three months as he tries to get back to be the excellent goalkeeper we saw in the 2011/12 season.

However, it makes desperate reading for the keeper that in his last three hours of club football he has picked the ball out of the back of the next 10 times, with the 6-1 defeat at Manchester City being his last game for Newcastle before the injury he suffered on international duty with Holland.


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