By Will Butcher
Ajax manager Peter Bosz has revealed his sympathy for “luxury” Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul as he is yet to make a senior appearance for the Dutch giants.
The 28-year-old was loaned to Bosz’s side in the summer with the intention of being installed as the new No1 following the exit of Jasper Cillesen to Barcleona.
Krul’s delayed return to fitness following a serious knee injury has seen reserve goalkeeper Andre Onana take his chance in goal for Ajax, sparkling in between the sticks with 11 clean sheets in 20 league and cup outings.
With Bosz likely to stick with the 20-year-old goalkeeper for the time being, Krul has been left in limbo at the Amsterdam Arena.
Speaking to Dutch outlet De Telegraaf, Bosz described having a player of Krul’s quality as a “luxury” but understood the goalkeeper’s frustration.
“Tim was not fit and André has just done well and is reliable,” Bosz said.
“All of that comes into consideration for the choice for the rest of the season. On the one hand it’s a luxury for us, but naturally for Tim it’s an unpleasant situation.”
It is unclear if there is a clause in Krul’s loan deal that will allow him to rejoin the Toon to end his nightmare at the 1995 Champions League winners this month.
The Toon currently have an abundance of goalkeepers on the books at St. James’ Park, with the likes of Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot, and Matz Sels all vying for the number on jersey under Rafa Benitez.
Eight-time international Krul is currently the Magpies’ longest-serving player, after making his first appearance more than a decade ago against Italian side Palermo in the UEFA Cup.
In other Newcastle news, Callum Roberts is desperate to get this out of his loan move.