Tim Krul was in action on Sunday, playing the 16th game of his loan spell with AZ Alkmaar.

The Newcastle keeper was the hero in the Dutch Cup semi-final against Cambuur earlier in April.

Krul making the crucial save in the penalty shootout after 90 minutes plus 30 minutes extra-time had failed to produce a goal.

Sunday’s Cup Final saw no happy follow-up, as AZ Alkmaar were beaten 2-0 in front of 46,105 at Feyenoord’s home stadium.

Goals in the 81st and 88th minutes from Norwich flop Ricky van Wolfswinkel gave Vitesse Arnhem the first trophy after 125 years of trying.

So disappointment for Tim Krul but from the Newcastle point of view, more valuable minutes under his belt in terms of getting in the best possible condition before returning to Tyneside.

This season has seen Rafa Benitez make Matz Sels his first choice keeper, only to then drop him and Karl Darlow carry Newcastle through most of the campaign, before Rob Elliot has been given his opportunity in the last two games.

Tim Krul has one year left on his Newcastle contract and the goalkeeper question will be one of the more interesting, as we wait to see what Rafa Benitez does.

Meanwhile, 20 year old Freddie Woodman has been getting rave review of his own, his loan spell at Kilmarnock proving a big success. However, Woodman looks set surely to have another year at least on loan to give him experience.

As for Tim Krul, there are two further league matches to come before he ends his loan spell at AZ Alkmaar. The club are in fifth and can rise no higher, Utrecht in the final European qualifying position and AZ can’t catch them.

After a bizarre half season at Ajax where he didn’t even make the first team bench, Krul can’t complain about any lack of opportunities in the second half of the campaign.

Joining AZ in the final hours of the January transfer window, he has played in the league, domestic cup and Europa League.

The 16 games have produced five wins, five draws and six defeats. Though Tim Krul won’t be too happy with 33 goals conceded, 11 of them coming in a two-legged hammering by Lyon in the Europa League.

One of the many players in the intervening seasons who hasn’t regularly  reached the levels he showed in that 2011/12 fifth place finish in the Premier League.

  • Whickhamrobbie

    The forgotten man . He deserves a chance to come back lets not forget he was a fantastic player before his injury and if we just cast him aside it wouldn,t be fair on the lad.

  • Alex

    If he’s good to keep, it means he’s good to buy, and someone might test our resolve with an offer. Let’s see how much others still rate him and the size of any offer. We’ve got major priorities for new players and I’d be happy to run with Darlow and Elliott. If cashing in on Tim means other, more vital, positions are filled, then so be it.

  • HappyToons

    ‘Cambuur’ …was that just up the road?

  • Andy Mac

    The Dilsh, TK and Woodman are the ones I’d keep.

  • Mrkgw

    Krul would be my chosen keeper for us next year, Elliott as back up. Close call as both are excellent in my opinion.

  • Cuh736

    Darlow, Sels and Krul is a solid three for me. Woodman on loan, or playing with the U-23s

    For me, Elliot is getting a run of games now because he’ll be leaving soon.

  • bobbi fleckman

    Had Krul been lined up for sale, he’d have gone last summer or in January. It’s a good problem to have as I’d be happy with any of Krul, Elliott or Darlow as keeper and Woodman will need a route in soon enough. sels would be a decent back up for most teams (loads were after him in the Summer), I think one or even two need to be sold if only to be fair to their career.

    Elliott is club captain and anyone who knows him or dealt with him tell me he’s a real good steadying influence in the dressing room.

    Am I the only one who reads the headline and sees cap not cup?