Brighton linked with Newcastle United's Tim Krul - would he be a good signing?
Brighton have made an approach to Newcastle United for goalkeeper Tim Krul. Sky Sports report that the Seagulls want to take the Dutchman on loan for the season. They want to bring in a goalkeeper to provide competition for Mat Ryan and they have settled on the Magpies’ stopper. He isn’t wanted on Tyneside as the club look to cut their wage bill and Rafa Benitez would be happy to let him leave the club, even if he does join a rival Premier League team.
Chris Hughton knows Krul from his time in charge of Newcastle and that existing relationship is the reason that the Dutchman is a target for Brighton. The Seagulls’ boss knows that the goalkeeper is a good character to have around the dressing room and that he is good enough to provide real competition for Ryan. The Australian has looked decent since signing, but it is always beneficial to have another keeper competing for the starting spot. Krul has plenty of Premier League experience, which is something the South Coast team lack currently.
Would he be a good signing?
There is no questioning the goalkeeper’s experience, as he has played 185 first-team appearances for Newcastle and picked up a handful of caps for the Netherlands. During the last 12 months, he has struggled with injuries, but a loan spell at AZ Alkmaar at the beginning of 2017 has helped him rebuild his fitness. Although he didn’t look as good as he did a few years ago, he remains an accomplished keeper.
Hughton will know the importance of having a good back-up goalkeeper in the Premier League. Last season, they were one of the best teams in the league and they didn’t need to pay big wages for a supporting keeper. They had one of the best defences in the division and could get by when David Stockdale was injured. If Ryan missed a period of games, they would be vulnerable and that is why they want to sign Krul.
How likely is a deal?
There is no longer a place for the goalkeeper at St James’ Park, as Rafa Benitez wants to move him on. Brighton are the frontrunners for his signature and it is looking likely at this stage. Unless another team comes in with the assurances of first-team football, the Dutchman is expected to move to the Amex Stadium and play a supporting role to Ryan.