Tim Krul appears in Dutch Cup Final
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.
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.
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