SELF-BELIEF is the reason for Tim Krul’s emergence as one of the Premier League’s most impressive goalkeepers, according to Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew.
This year has been a massive one for the 23-year-old Dutchman.
He started it a frustrated reserve but will end it as the Magpies’ indisputable first-choice, making his international debut in the middle.
Krul showcased his qualities in an outstanding performance during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United. On a day when the manager hailed his “Geordie heroes”, Newcastle’s goalkeeper was man of the match.
Pardew added: “Tim still had a lot to do when I first arrived here.
“During his first spell in goal I thought he looked a bit nervous, but we have given him the belief he can take his chance.
“His performances have been outstanding this season, he has just grown from strength to strength.
“He has already become a very accomplished goalkeeper.
“What could also be forgotten here is the save (David) de Gea made (from Fabricio Coloccini). It was an absolutely unbelievable save.
“People always want to talk about where a player’s career could lead to. We only think about the next week.
“We just want to try to beat Chelsea and we want Tim and all of our players to focus on that.
“He has been making outstanding saves week in and week out but that is what good goalkeepers do.
“Tim has one heck of a future ahead of him if he keeps his feet on the floor, keeps working hard on his game. Who knows what he can achieve?” Krul made vital saves from Ryan Giggs, Patrice Evra, Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidic at Old Trafford.
Coloccini was also singled out for special praise, and Pardew admitted he was surprised his captain played after back spasms on Friday.
“On Friday he limped off in training and I did not expect him to play,” the United boss (pictured right) said. “I really didn’t. It is a credit to the medical team and to Colo for coming through that and playing.
“I really did not think he would have played, but it is terrific he did.”