Krul's Earning Points and Pardew's Plaudits; Krul Earning Points and Plaudits

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Krul's Earning Points and Pardew's Plaudits; Krul Earning Points and Plaudits


Byline: Mark Douglas

IN-FORM goalkeeper Tim Krul will be worth 10 points to Newcastle United this season, buoyant boss Alan Pardew believes.

The Holland shot-stopper emerged on top from the three-way fight to become United's number one this summer and has exceeded external expectations with a string of superb performances.

Four clean sheets only hint at his influence so far, which has confirmed the advances made by a player who, at just 23, is still very young for a goalkeeper.

Even in Wednesday's Carling Cup reverse at Ewood Park, a game in which he conceded four, Krul was arguably United's best player as he weighed in with a number of crucial saves.

Pardew has hailed his contribution on the pitch and off it, claiming he has been careful not to lapse into complacency after winning the battle to become United's first-choice keeper.

"More or less from the day I arrived, Tim has been growing as a person and as a player," he said. "Because he is a laidback character, he has to be careful not to slip into complacency and I know he's very conscious of that. He hasn't.

"And if he can stay where he is at the moment, he is going to gain us at least 10 points this season."

If goalkeeper is one area not giving Pardew problems, there are others where the United boss has decisions to make, with Davide Santon and Danny Guthrie both in contention for the Britannia Stadium clash with Stoke tonight after bright midweek displays.

And Pardew will carry out a head count this morning with several key squad members rated as doubtful.

Steven Taylor should be passed fit to understand the trust you get from the terraces to the team is the key element to success in my view," he said. …

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