Glenn Roeder has heaped praise on Holland’s penalty hero Tim Krul and even went as far as backing the Newcastle star to score from the spot.
If Holland’s World Cup semi-final encounter with Argentina goes the distance, don’t be surprised to see Tim Krul not only saving a few penalties but maybe even scoring one himself too.
That was the message delivered by Glenn Roeder, who gave Krul his big break in the Newcastle United first team back when he was manager of the Magpies, starting the Dutchman in a 2006 Europa League encounter with Palermo, where he performed well.
The 26-year-old has garnered some criticism for a perceived show of gamesmanship during the shootout with Costa Rica, but Roeder remains steadfast in his support of the 26-year-old.
But while the ex-West Ham gaffer was full of praise for his saves, he confessed that he had been expecting something a little different.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Chronicle, Roeder explained: "When I saw that Louis van Gaal made the change I actually thought that it would be for Tim to take a penalty because knowing him so well, he wouldn’t have shirked the chance."
The ex-Magpies man went on to explain how he once witnessed Krul step up during a penalty shootout in a youth team encounter with Stoke City.
According to Roeder, Krul was among the most impressive takers in the end noting he "just smashed it like a number nine!"
With Holland facing the prospect of spot-kicks not only in their upcoming Argentina clash but also the potential final against Germany, it’s a skill that could prove useful.
"The world knows he can save them but I know he can score them too," Roeder told the Chronicle.
Krul’s penalty-saving exploits could yet prompt a bid for the Dutchman, who has already been linked with a move to Tottenham, while Barcelona were previously tracking the Newcastle keeper.
Let’s see how the rest of the World Cup turns out first.