Did Newcastle United need a new keeper before Tim Krul injury?

Tim Krul

The Magpies should have already brought in a top-class alternative to the Dutchman.

Newcastle United have something of a goalkeeping dilemma for the rest of the campaign - after it was confirmed that Tim Krul will miss the rest of the season after suffering a serious knee injury on international duty with The Netherlands.

With Karl Darlow still out for another month with a foot injury the club will turn to Rob Elliot for the next four weeks at least and perhaps the entire season - with talented young stopper Freddie Woodman returning from early from a loan spell at Crawley Town.

But should Newcastle have been seeking a new goalie anyway?

Krul's injury is unfortunate but his form had not exactly been excellent of late. Darlow, as any Forest fan will tell you, is not yet ready for Premier League football. Elliot is not a first-class option and Woodman is too young. The fact is, Newcastle needed a new keeper before Krul's cruel luck and now just need to move on the subject a little faster.

There are plenty of top keepers out there who would love a move to Newcastle United. Somebody such as Victor Valdes at Manchester United springs to mind as an immediate candidate.

In January it is the first position Newcastle should be looking at but not just for the short-term, as contender for the eventual number one spot even when Krul recovers from his injury.

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