Thursday, June 16, 2011

NUFC Season 2010/2011 Review: Keepers


Hei Guys.Looks like it has been quite a long time since I last wrote a decent article for your reads. Thanks everyone for your support of this blog. This blog has celebrated its second official anniversary which falls on 11 June every year.

Today's topic is about the club named Newcastle United. I supported this team since I am in Primary school. There will be about 3-5 articles about Newcastle, to recap about the players performances and most exciting matches in the season which just ended. As a club promoted back to Premier League at the first attempt, a 12th place finish is quite good with some excellent results and a squad consist mainly of the same side that played in the Coca Cola Championship in the season 2009/2010.

Today we will look into the goalkeeping department. Here is my review.

Harper makes the save

Steve Harper

Appearances: PL 18
Always looked solid and made good saves to keep NUFC in matches. Injuries was a problem for Harper this season. His playing time may come to an end soon for the veteran stopper, with the emergence of younger talent Tim Krul and Fraser Forster. He still can play for another one or two seasons.

Tim Krul
Appearances: PL-20 (1), FA 1, LC 3
22 year old Dutch started the season as back up, and then found himself between the posts during away game at Everton due to injury of Steve Harper. He then continued as goalkeeper until 2011 when Harper regained his fitness. Knee injury to Harper before the season ends opened the path for him to play again in the first eleven. Krul put some good performances this season. However he still need to improve his game. He got a call up to Dutch National Team at the end of the season and made his international debut against Brazil in a friendly.

Tim Krul in action

Fraser Forster
He spent the season on loan at Scottish Premier League side, Glasgow Celtic and won the Scottish Cup. He is still to make his debut for NUFC though. A future international?

Ole Soderberg
the Swedish goalie played in reserves and sit on the bench, as back up to Tim Krul.

Things looking good at this section. Experience, mixed with good young talents. Who is the first choice the next season? Young or Experience?

Coming up is defence review. Hope You All enjoy reading.

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