Sad Times As Krul Switch Made Permanent

Dutch Keeper Brighton Deal Confirmed

So some strange confirmation this week that Tim Kruls loan switch to Brighton has now been made into a permanent which brings his 12 year association with the club to an end.

Aside from the very strange timing of this especially given we face them on Sunday and the fact I didnt know a loan could be turned permanent outside of the window I have to say I find it a very sad announcement as a supporter.

If you had told me a couple of years ago that the next club he would join from us would be someone like Brighton rather than a top Premier League or European side then I would have laughed at you.

That is no disrespect to Brighton by the way but just a reflection on the fact that not long ago he was without a doubt one of the best keepers in the league especially given his age and the amount of games he had played already because as we all know keepers usually peak in their later years.

I know he has had his critics over his later years at Newcastle and clearly injuries havent helped him - that knee injury playing for Holland is obviously what has effectively ended his Newcastle career but I have to say I never quite thought he was the same after that shoulder injury he picked up against the Mackems. From that point just never seemed quite as commanding in his box etc.

That said I do still think he was probably the best keeper we had on our books overall and I am big fans of Darlow and Elliot as more than decent stoppers so I am still baffled slightly as to why Rafa apparently spent the summer searching for a new goalkeeper and why Tim has seemingly never been given a chance under the Spaniard since his return from last seasons loans and his fitness worries.

His distribution maybe isnt the best but shot stopping wise he is one of the best I have seen and there are certainly a few games and saves that will stick long in the memory - that debut at Palermo and that game at Spurs are obvious ones but there are many more.

I suppose you could say it is a move that is good for all parties - 12 years is a long time to be somewhere so a fresh start may do him good and of course I am sure I am not the only NUFC fan that will be wishing Tim all the best apart from when facing his old club of course!

As well as being a top keeper he just seemed a really nice bloke who took to the City and the region and got what the club was all about which is rare for foreign players nowadays.

Again no disrespect to Brighton but I would love to see him do well there in the short term but then maybe get that big move that he probably could have got a couple of years back and really fulfill that potential that has always been there to perform at the highest level.

A real sad way to see someone that has given so much to the club almost pushed out of the back door but I suppose that is just football at times.

Good luck Tim, you will be missed and will forever be an adopted Geordie.

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