Magpies boss Chris Hughton has given his backing to stand-in goalkeeper Tim Krul.
The 22-year-old has impressed since coming into the team for the injured Steve Harper, but his unfortunate own goal gifted Arsenal the lead in Wednesday’s 4-0 Carling Cup defeat.
“Knowing Tim as I do I’m sure he’ll be absolutely fine,” Hughton told The Journal.
“The reason why he has been able to come into a Premier League club and do well is because he’s a big character. He won’t be fazed by that in the slightest.
“I have a feel for these things. I just know he will be okay. He plays in a position where you are going to make mistakes and Tim wouldn’t have got himself to the position of being the first team goalkeeper at Newcastle United without having the qualities he’s got.”
Carroll can go home.
Striker Andy Carroll, currently living at the family home of club captain Kevin Nolan, is free to move out, reports The Chronicle.
Carroll was ordered to live with Nolan, who is something of a mentor to the England U-21 striker, as a condition of the bail granted while he awaits trial for allegedly assaulting an ex-girlfriend. Shortly after the news was announced Carroll’s 4×4 was burned out on Nolan’s driveway, and offensive graffiti was daubed across a garage door.
Now it seems Carroll is free to go to his new home – the address of which magistrates, perhaps wisely, opted not to mention this time. “We are going to keep the residence aspect, and that is that you are to reside with Kevin Nolan, or you may also reside at the new property that you have, the address of which I am not going to read out,” Carroll was told.
However should Carroll not choose to move into his new home now, he will have to remain at Nolan’s until his trial date of January 10.
Magpies in for Donovan.
Newcastle are to challenge Everton in a bid to secure the services of Landon Donovan, according to Goal.com.
The USA star impressed in a short loan spell at Goodison Park last season and it is expected he will be available for a similar, three-month deal in January. Chris Hughton sees Donovan as the ideal cover for on-loan winger Hatem Ben Arfa, who is due back from his double leg break in March.
“He is exactly the signing Newcastle need with Ben Arfa out with a long-term injury,” said a Newcastle source. “The boss is worried the team rely too much on Andy Carroll and Donovan has proven that he can hurt defences in the Premier League.
“It would work really well for the player because he will be guaranteed a game every week and for the club because those three months after Christmas will be vital – we want a mid-table finish.”