Chris Hughton expects Tim Krul to impress


Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton is confident that Tim Krul will prove to be an able stand-in for injured goalkeeper Steve Harper.

Harper is facing around three months out of action after undergoing shoulder surgery, leaving Krul to fill in for his more experienced team-mate.

Hughton commented:"The confidence has really been built on not just the fact that when Tim has come in he has done very well, but on what we have seen here from him over the period of time he has been here.

"That's the biggest aspect, because we haven't seen him so much as regards the first team on the football pitch.

"But we are very confident in his ability and we are quite sure he will cope very well."

Twenty-two-year-old Krul has made only a dozen appearances for the Magpies to date, coming on as a replacement for Harper in last weekend's 1-0 win at Everton, before starting in the 4-3 Carling Cup win at Chelsea in midweek.

The Dutchman has also enjoyed loan spells at Falkirk and Carlisle United.

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