Tim Krul played what proved to be his final Premier League match for Newcastle United on 3 October 2015.
One he won’t forget for various reasons, as Mitrovic put Newcastle a goal up at the Etihad, only for Manchester City to his six on 20 minutes – including five from Sergio Aguero.
Joining Brighton on an initial loan that has since turned into a permanent move, Tim Krul still hasn’t stepped onto a Premier League pitch in 25 months.
Instead he has been left sitting on the bench by Chris Hughton, with summer signing Mathew Ryan the undisputed number one.
Despite not featuring in the Premier League, Tim Krul insists ‘100%’ that he made the right decision in leaving Newcastle for the south coast.
Whilst Rafa Benitez totally excluded Krul from his first team squad preparations, Hughton has limited him to reserve team football and one appearance in the League Cup defeat at Bournemouth, plus an appearance as an overage player last Tuesday in the EFL Trophy, conceding three in a 3-1 defeat at Stevenage.
On his day he is/was a very good goalkeeper but sadly, most of his best days were packed into that 2011/12 season when so many Newcastle players peaked.
Only rarely has he reached those heights since, such as that 1-0 win at Spurs in 2013/14.
You have to feel sympathy though for the keeper who now turns 30 before the end of the season, as he was actually injured when getting a rare start for Holland after so long in the squad, maybe he was on the brink of bouncing back to his better form and would be buoyed by possibly becoming the regular Dutch number one.
Tim Krul says he is now just waiting for his opportunity and it is a goalkeeper’s lot, as only one position is available and you are waiting for injury in most cases before getting a chance.
Tim Krul talking to The Argus:
“From what I’ve seen so far, 100% (correct decision to move from Newcastle to Brighton).
“The facilities, the set-up, the people, I could not have made a better decision, not only because it is six degrees warmer!
“I’m working hard every day to push Mat Ryan and Niki Maenpaa as well.
“He (first choice Mat Ryan) has done great so far and we’re picking up points, that’s what it’s all about.
“If the gaffer needs us or Mat got injured, I need to be ready and literally it can happen any second.
“If you look at other clubs, Ben Forster got injured (atWest Brom), the number two got injured, it’s around the corner.
“It’s a different position for myself, because I’m used to playing week in, week out, but I feel fit, I feel great and I feel I’m getting better every day again.
“It’s been easier than I expected – literally after two weeks I found a house for my little girl and family. They moved down straight away.
“The club did everything to sort things out and there’s no big timers. Everyone wants to help each other and everyone has one aim, staying in the league. It’s nice to be part of it.
“Ben Roberts is a top goalkeeping coach, so I really haven’t got any regrets.”