Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Krul Is Keeping Up the Pressure; Dutch Ace Eyes Harper's Place: Krul Determined to Keep Up Pressure

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Krul Is Keeping Up the Pressure; Dutch Ace Eyes Harper's Place: Krul Determined to Keep Up Pressure

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Byline: Luke Edwards

TIM Krul intends to maintain constant pressure on Steve Harper as Newcastle United's promising young Dutchman looks forward to an extended run in the Carling Cup. Krul (pictured right) is realistic enough to know Harper will go straight back into the starting line-up when Newcastle travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers tomorrow. However, that does not mean the 22-year-old is happy to accept his current place in the pecking order after another encouraging display in the 3-2 victory over Accrington Stanley this week.

With Fraser Forster out on loan at Celtic, Krul - who burst on to the scene with a stunning debut in the Uefa Cup against Palermo four years ago - is determined to push Harper hard for the goalkeeper's jersey by making the most of whatever opportunities come his way in cup football.

Krul, who has never played in the Premier League, said: "I am getting older, I am 22 and I just need to prove myself when I get the opportunities.

"Am I getting closer? I don't know. I hope so. I am hoping we stay in the Carling Cup as long as possible because that is where I can show what I can do.

"I think I am pushing Steve more and more. That is all I can do. I need to push, push, push and then it is up to the gaffer to make the decision.

"I have to be ready when my chance comes. Palermo was four years ago.

"It was a good start for me, as was West Brom in the first league game last year.

"Hopefully, I can achieve my dream this season and that is to play in the Premier League, which I have not done yet.

"I am ready. I feel ready and I just have to keep knocking on the door."

Keeping Krul happy will be a difficult task for United manager Chris Hughton as the young pretender makes no secret of his desire to become first-choice goalkeeper sooner rather than later. It is his ambition and potential versus Steve Harper's seniority and experience which makes the battle for the number one jersey such a fascinating sub plot this term. …

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