Newcastle will come face to face with their former number one tomorrow, and Tim Krul is refusing to underestimate his former club.
Both the Magpies and Norwich started the season with defeats to Arsenal and Liverpool respectively. The Canaries were criticised for being so open at Anfield, but did receive some praise for their boldness in possession, causing Liverpool a lot of problems at times.
As for Newcastle, we didn’t get a lot of praise after the disappointing 1-0 defeat to the Gunners. But Krul certainly saw some positives.
“The people in Norwich will be excited, perhaps by the manner we finished the game at Anfield and rightly so, but they have some threats up front for sure,” he told the Eastern Daily Press.
“I recorded the Newcastle versus Arsenal game and Newcastle is a good team.
“They have some new players who look lively and we have to be on top of our game.”
It seems most likely that Krul is talking about Joelinton. He was the only new player to really make an impression.
Allan Saint-Maximin showed flashes with a couple of dribbles, but it was the new number nine who received most of the plaudits. And he’s a player who can cause Norwich problems.
The Canaries struggled up against Roberto Firmino last week, and if the talk of Joelinton being in the same mould as the Reds striker is true, then the record signing could get some joy.
While Krul is still a Geordie at heart and will want to see his former club do well, it’s up to him to stop Joelinton or any other Magpie finding the net.
We played well in patches against Arsenal, but things quickly unravelled in the second half. If we’re going to get anything at Carrow Road, this can’t afford to happen again.