Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek has come to the defence of Magpies goalkeeper Tim Krul, after the Netherlands international came in for criticism following the recent 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace.
Writing in Chronicle Live, the ex-Newcastle man said, “I was surprised to see Tim getting criticism because for me, he’s one of the best players that Newcastle have had for the last three years.”
Srnicek knows all too well the pressure of playing week in, week out at St James’ Park, and it is fair to say he knows a thing or two when it comes to goalkeepers and what makes the best stand out.
“Two seasons ago I think he was the best goalkeeper in the Premier League,” Srnicek added, “and he has the ability to get back to that level this year.”
Back then, Krul was regularly praised for his performances and he ended the campaign with just 40 goals conceded in 24 league appearances.
At 26, it could be argued he is still some way off his peak given that ‘keepers generally reach their best in their thirties, so it is no surprise if the Newcastle man experiences both highs and lows in the coming campaign.
But if Srnicek is right and Krul really is one of the best players his former club has had in recent times, perhaps the critics should ease off and allow the man to return to the level he is undoubtedly capable of.