Newcastle United have agreed a deal with Brighton for Tim Krul, according to Sky Sports.
The broadcaster reporting that the goalkeeper is now en route to the south coast for a medical.
The deal is said to be a one year loan, which sounds a little strange in that Tim Krul sees his Newcastle contract run out in June 2018. So a year’s loan would effectively leave him a free agent next summer, with Newcastle presumably only banking some kind of loan payment from Brighton now.
Rafa Benitez has made quite clear that the Dutch keeper had no future at Newcastle, not playing a single minute in the pre-season friendlies and not even getting a squad number when they were announced in early August. Krul was even sent to train with the kids.
He had a stand out season (like so many others) in 2011/12 when Newcastle finished fifth, it looking like NUFC had found a keeper who could potentially get close to the kind of quality we had when Shay Given was at the club.
However, Krul never produced that level of performance consistently again, with only odd matches reminding you how good he could be (such a sthe 1-0 win at Spurs when Loic Remy scored the winner).
It appears now that his very final match for Newcastle will prove to have been on 3 October 2015, Mitrovic giving United the lead before Man City stuck six past Tim Krul in only 20 minutes of action, Aguero getting five of them.
The Mag – 24 July 2017:
Once again on Saturday, Tim Krul wasn’t involved in first team friendly action.
Rather bizarrely, after Rob Elliot played the first half at Preston, Karl Darlow was then replaced after only 25 minutes of second-half action, with Freddie Woodman given the final 20.
Rafa Benitez confirming afterwards that he just felt he had to give all of his goalkeepers time on the pitch:
“We couldn’t leave one person on the bench because after one week I think they all needed to play.”
For many fans the total sidelining of Tim Krul has been a puzzling one, as when injury struck on international duty in October 2015 he was in his sixth season as Newcastle’s number one in the Premier League.
The Shields Gazette have now reported that Krul trained with the kids last week, the 29 year old left behind when the first team squad went to their training camp in Ireland, the Dutch international training with the development squad instead.
Presumably this was a temporary measure with the other senior players not around, as you couldn’t imagine Rafa doing that on a more permanent basis. However, with Tim Krul clearly not wanted, the Newcastle boss is hardly either going to make him a central focus of training ahead of the other trio, such as in full scale practice matches.
With one year left on his contract, it is now almost 22 months since the Dutch international’s last game for Newcastle, that crushing 6-1 defeat at Manchester City when Krul and his teammates conceded six goals in 20 minutes, including five from Sergio Aguero.
Injured on international duty, Tim Krul still hadn’t recovered by last summer and so was allowed to go to Ajax on loan for a season, to get him back to full fitness and then play as many games as possible.
Despite getting back to full fitness and playing a number of matches for the Ajax reserve side (who play in the second tier of Dutch football), the loan keeper bizarrely didn’t get even a place on the first team bench – never mind time on the pitch.
So in January, Ajax agreed that Tim Krul could move on to AZ Alkmaar, with Rafa Benitez reassured that he would get first team football there.
With 22 matches in just over three months, Krul certainly got the chance to put a run of matches together.
However, the loan keeper only managed four clean sheets in those 22 first team matches and conceded a hefty 43 goals conceded.
Bidding farewell to AZ fans, Tim Krul had the following to say in a personal message on 2 June 2017:
“I would like to thank everyone at AZ for the pleasant time I had here.
“A shame we couldn’t finish the season with a nice trophy.
“But unfortunately, that is football as well.
“I’m really grateful for all the support and confidence I got from both fans and club.
“Thanks for this season.”
Before his injury in October 2015, Tim Krul was seen as one of Newcastle’s best players and sad to see that now we are at a point where he is apparently struggling to even get another club. With only one year left on his contract you would hope that Newcastle wouldn’t be demanding much of a transfer fee but with no decent form to show in the past two years, as one of Newcastle’s biggest wage earners you can understand to an extent why clubs may not be willing to take the risk.
Like a lot of things at Newcastle, with only 20 days until the season starts, the goalkeeping situation is still to be sorted. Rafa Benitez has made clear he wants to bring in a new experienced number one but that is proving easier said than done, with moves for Caballero, Reina and others coming to nothing.