Ajax are considering cutting short Tim Krul loan deal and sending him back to Newcastle United this month, The Chronicle reports, but the Dutchman would have a tough task forcing his way back into the first-team picture at St James’ Park.
The Dutch international, one of the most highly-rated goalkeepers in the Premier League just a few seasons ago, returned to his homeland in the summer in a bid to build up his fitness after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in October 2015.
However, Krul failed to make a single appearance for the first-team at the Amsterdam ArenA, featuring only five times for the reserves in the Dutch second division as 20-year-old former Barcelona goalkeeper Andre Onana established himself as the club’s number one.
Consequently, The Chronicle reports that Ajax could terminate his season-long loan just a week after manager Peter Bosz admitted to De Telegraaf that Krul was frustrated by his lack of opportunities in the Eredivisie.
Nonetheless, a return to St James’ hardly guarantees a better chance of first-team football for a man who has not played a senior game for 15 months.
In his absence, Rob Elliot proved himself as a more than reliable deputy last season while, under Rafa Benitez, Karl Darlow has excelled between the sticks.
In fact, the former Nottingham Forest youngster has featured in every league game since mid-October, standing out in most, so Krul might find himself out of the picture once again.
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