If you looked up ‘doing an Andy Carroll’ in the dictionary, you’d get two different entries: one for Newcastle United and one for Liverpool. While for Liverpool the definition would be ‘a panic buy’, for Newcastle it would be ‘to sell your best player on the last day of the transfer window despite insisting throughout the window that he wasn’t for sale’. Newcastle cannot afford to sell any of their better players over the next couple of days if they wish to stay in the top six until the end of the season, but there is just one player you voted as the most valuable to Newcastle United right now.
Having scored 15 goals in the Premier League this season, you’d have thought that would be Senegal striker Demba Ba. However, perhaps due to Newcastle having signed his compatriot Papiss Cisse earlier in the window, you have instead gone for Tim Krul. While it was a close run thing, with both earning almost 40% of the vote, a couple of votes swung it in the Dutch goalkeeper’s favour and it is hard to argue against that.
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Tim Krul has been simply outstanding this season and his stunning performances have attracted the attention of Premier League managers up and down the country. However, Krul has no intention of leaving Newcastle in the window and told the Mirror that: “It’s one of those periods. People are linked everywhere and as a player, you just have to switch off in that month. If things have to happen, they have to happen, but I don’t read the papers and I don’t read on the internet because it will play with your head.”
Krul continued: “Every year, it’s the same, to be honest. I know where I am, I am loving life at the moment. I am playing well and I am playing for the club I have always wanted to play for. I have been working hard for five or six years to be where I am now, and sixth in the league, you can’t ask for much more than that.” As a Newcastle fan that’s good to hear and while plenty of people have said similar things before only to then move on, let’s hope that’s not the case with Tim.
There are two more things needed to make this a good window for Newcastle United. First they need to sign a centre back and secondly, and perhaps more importantly, they need to keep hold of their best players. Tim Krul is certainly one of those, so let’s hope that the scenes of 12 months ago aren’t repeated and that Newcastle keep the exit door well and truly shut on Tuesday.
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