Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul’s career appears to have come to a grinding halt, and it is a major surprise considering that he was regarded as one of the best goalkeepers playing outside the top teams not too long ago.
The problem for the Dutch goalkeeper started when he suffered a cruciate ligament injury in 2015. This type of an injury almost forces a player to go on the sidelines for almost 12 months. Aware of the intense competition at Newcastle, Krul appears to have worked extremely hard on returning much sooner than expected. This did not go as planned, and manager Rafa Benitez has sent the goalkeeper out on loan to Ajax in order to help him get back to the former levels.
The loan move to the Dutch club has not worked out, as Krul is behind second choice goalkeeper Andre Onanain the pecking order. Krul was expected to replace Jasper Cillessen, but he is now having to spend much of that time on the sidelines waiting for the first-team opportunity.
Ajax manager Peter Bosz claims that the player should have waited more in order to make his comeback from such a serious injury. Still just 28 years old, Krul will be hoping that his time at the top of the game is not far away. He has been at Newcastle since 2006.
“Tim is a great guy to work with but he’s an optimist. When he came to us, we had the idea that he would work with us in full within two weeks.I like his enthusiasm but he wanted to participate with the first team before he had joined any group training.We have to be realistic and that would have been dangerous. What he wanted to do we just couldn’t do,” said the Ajax manager.