By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul has been told that he can leave current loan club Ajax, according to a report.
The Chronicle have claimed that the 28-year-old will try to find a new club before Tuesday’s 11.00pm deadline after failing to make a single appearance for the Dutch giants after joining on a season-long loan deal in the summer.
It is said in the report that he was offered back to the Magpies earlier in the month, but Rafa Benitez turned down the request with Karl Darlow, Mats Selz and Rob Elliot already on his books.
Krul made just nine appearances for Newcastle in all competitions last season after suffering a ligament injury.
It is believed he was sent to Ajax in the summer to gain more pitch time after his lack of football from last season.
However, he has made just six appearances for the Ajax second team with Andre Onana securing the number spot in the first team.
Current manager Peter Bosz also spoke about Krul’s situation at the club and revealed that he will wait to see in the coming days regarding the Toon ace’s future.
“When the decision was made to loan Krul, Onana was not the first choice goalkeeper, there were doubts whether he could do it all but he has taken his chance,” told Bosz, as quoted by the Chronicle.
“You never know in football, if a club comes for him (Krul) and he wants to go then he goes there.
“I have to wait and see how that develops in the coming days.”
Krul made the switch to the north east of England in 2005 from Dutch side ADO Den Haag.
He has starred in 185 appearances for Newcastle in total, keeping 53 clean sheets from those encounters and he still has 18 months left on his current contract.
He will now be hoping to find a new team and gain pitch time in the second half of the season before returning to Newcastle in the summer.
Football Insider verdict:
Newcastle have entered a strange situation at the club where they have three goalkeepers who all want the number one spot. Additionally, young talent Freddie Woodman is also looking to break into the senior side in the future as he’s currently on loan in the Scottish Premiership with Kilmarnock. Now, Krul’s situation at Ajax means once he returns then he’s guaranteed to find himself out of the Newcastle eleven after his lack of match time for the Dutch giants. If he has ambitions of becoming the Toon number one as well as the Holland first choice once again in the future then it is essential that he leaves Ajax before Tuesday.
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