Tim Krul “I’m just pleased that I’m at a club now where you get a fair chance”
Tim Krul has been talking about the challenges that lie before him, as well as referencing what has led him to having to move to Brighton.
In October 2015, the goalkeeper was in a good place.
Undisputed number one at Newcastle United, as he had been for some years, plus after biding his time in the national squad, he then got his chance of making the number one shirt his own when starting the European Championships qualifier against Kazakhstan.
After just having Sergio Aguero stick five past him as the defence and midfield disappeared to allow a 1-0 lead to become a 6-1 rout in the space of 20 minutes, Tim Krul had kept a clean sheet for 81 minutes as goals from Sneijder and Newcastle teammate Gini Wijnaldum had put Holland 2-0 up. Tim Krul then got his freak long-term injury, whilst the Dutch saw out the game with a win, despite an injury time consolation for Kazakhstan.
Since that day 23 months ago, Tim Krul hasn’t played for either Newcastle or Holland, though now sees a chance of his career being rekindled under former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton.
Krul says it ‘wasn’t a difficult decision’ to leave Newcastle for Brighton and obviously feels Rafa Benitez hasn’t treated him very well, the keeper declaring ‘I’m just pleased that I’m at a club now where you get a fair chance’.
Whilst like a lot of other Newcastle players, Tim Krul never rediscovered his 2011/12 form, nobody suggested Rob Elliot or Karl Darlow should be ahead of him.
We may never hear why Rafa Benitez didn’t want to give Tim Krul a single chance after his injury and many Newcastle fans will await with interest to see exactly how the former keeper gets on at Brighton.
“I’m really excited, it’s a great club, a great opportunity and I’m really looking forward to the challenge ahead.
“It’s going to be a long, hard season, we know that but I’m excited to be part of it.
“It was an easy decision after I heard about the serious interest.
“I went on loan last year because of my injury and I needed a year to really get back to where I needed to be. I used my loans in Holland for that and I’m back now and I’m raring to go.
“When the opportunity came and I heard Brighton were seriously interested, it wasn’t a difficult decision because I know Chris Hughton very well from my time at Newcastle and I’ve been following Brighton over the last couple of years.
“Brighton have made some great steps and I’m really impressed with the facilities here.
“I’m not taking anything for granted but I’m just pleased that I’m at a club now where you get a fair chance.
“That’s all I want now, I’m back fit and ready to show people I’m back to where I was.
“A manager is really important and I know what I’m going to get with Chris. He gives everybody their fair share of opportunities and I like that.
“At Newcastle, he built a togetherness which is really important in the Premier League.
“You need a mentality to stick together and he definitely managed that really well when we won the Championship with Newcastle.”
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