Tuesday night saw Tim Krul make his debut for Brighton, playing the full 120 minutes of a League Cup extra time defeat to Bournemouth.
Wednesday afternoon and both Newcastle and Brighton announce that the year long loan deal has been made permanent.
Up until Wednesday afternoon Tim Krul couldn’t play against Newcastle, as he was a player out on loan from NUFC, now he can play…
Many Newcastle fans have wondered about the strange timing of this permanent deal but surely only one thing makes sense as an explanation.
When the loan deal was struck, it must surely have included a clause that a permanent deal would be instantly triggered by Tim Krul making his first appearance for Brighton.
Otherwise, it just doesn’t make sense.
Why would Newcastle agree to help Brighton when the two clubs are set to meet each other on Sunday?
So Chris Hughton/Brighton making decision to play Krul in the cup so he was available this weekend.
Mathew Ryan was brought in as number one in the summer but some Brighton fans have already got their doubts about him, whilst Niki Maenpaa has been undisputed number two at the Seagulls since arriving in summer 2015 and had played every cup match (nine in total) until Tim Krul instead got the nod last night, plus Maenpaa has been on the bench for all five Premier League matches this season.
Even if you think Tim Krul isn’t a great goalkeeper, you do have to ask yourself why would NUFC volunteer to make an extra player available for their next opponents?
The initial deal was confusing anyway, as Krul only had one year left on his Newcastle deal, so surely a one year loan contract amounted to a permanent deal anyway, apart from not being able to play against Newcastle.
The conversion of a loan to permanent deal must surely have had some financial benefit to Newcastle, whether an extra fee now to be paid, or at the very least not having to pay some of Krul’s wages.
If Tim Krul does end up playing some part on Sunday, even on the bench, it will add an extra something to the occasion.
Brighton’s official statement:
‘Brighton & Hove Albion have converted goalkeeper Tim Krul’s loan from Newcastle United to a permanent one-year deal.
The Dutch international initially arrived on a season-long loan last month, but has now signed a one-year contract.
The deal means Krul ends a 12-year association with Newcastle, after arriving from Dutch side ADO Den Haag in the summer of 2005.
He has also played seven times for the Netherlands and won the Under-21 European Championships in 2007.
Albion are limited to a maximum of two loan signings from fellow Premier League clubs; they currently have Izzy Brown on a season-long loan from Chelsea.’
Newcastle United official statement:
‘Tim Krul’s season-long loan at Brighton & Hove Albion has been made permanent.
The Dutch international goalkeeper has penned a one-year permanent deal at the Amex Stadium, bringing his 12-year association with the Magpies to an end.
Krul, who joined Newcastle from ADO Den Haag in 2005, made his debut for United in a UEFA Cup tie at Palermo in November 2006, and went on to make a total of 185 appearances in all competitions for the club.
During his time at St. James’ Park, the 29-year-old also spent time out on loan at Falkirk, Carlisle United, Ajax and AZ Alkmaar, and earned eight caps for Holland.
Krul – who made his debut for Chris Hughton’s Seagulls in their Carabao Cup defeat to Bournemouth on Tuesday, having initially joined on loan last month – could now feature for his new club when they take on United in Sunday’s Premier League clash.
Everyone at Newcastle United would like to thank Tim for his long service to the club, and wish him and his family well for the future.’