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Krul hoping to go Dutch with Newcastle

DUTCH OF CLASS ... Newcastle United's Tim Krul.

DUTCH OF CLASS ... Newcastle United's Tim Krul.

  • by MILES STARFORTH
 

TIM Krul’s desperate to go home to Holland – with Newcastle United.

This season’s Europa League final is being staged in Amsterdam.

And the Holland international would love the club to go all the way in Europe.

Newcastle take on Metalist Kharkiv at St James’s Park tonight in the first leg of the club’s Europa League Round of 32 tie.

Krul – who has played for his country the the 51,800-capacity Amsterdam ArenA, the final venue – would love to give United’s success-starved fans a trophy on May 15.

“That would be a dream final for me in Amsterdam – that’s where I play with the national team,” Krul told the Gazette.

“It’s a special stadium at the ArenA – that would be fantastic for me.

“We know we’d take over thousands of fans if we got there. It’s a great boost for us as players to see the supporters in Europe make those journeys.

“It shows how badly they want silverware, and we’re the same in that dressing room.

“We want to win something badly too, and that continues against Metalist.”

Krul made his Newcastle debut in Europe back in late 2006 as an 18-year-old, when he kept a clean sheet in a 1-0 win away to Palermo in the Europa League’s forerunner, the UEFA Cup.

Striker Andy Carroll also came off the bench for his first appearance at the Stadio Renzo Barbera that night.

That year United, then managed by Glenn Roeder, got knocked out at Round of 16 stage, and it would be five long years before the club returned to European competition.

Krul, buoyed by the impact last month’s signings have made at Newcastle, is hopeful the class of 2013 can go further in the competition.

The ultimate aim is to end a trophy drought which stretches back to United’s famous Fairs Cup win of 1969.

“We would love to have a trophy at this club,” said the 24-year-old.

“This is a hard competition, especially with the Champions League teams dropping down. We’re in it now though.

“If we beat Metalist we have either Anzi (Makhachkala) or Hannover, so we have a good chance.

“We can have a good go at this. The new players have given us a massive boost. Not just in terms of numbers, but in terms of quality.

“Every player that comes in gives us competition for places – that’s massive.

“If somebody gets injured, or somebody doesn’t play at their best, we can put somebody else. It’s a great feeling.”

Krul also has experience of Kharkiv’s home, the 40,000-capacity Metalist Stadium, where Newcastle play the return leg a week today.

Holland played their Euro 2012 group games at the stadium, and Krul is looking forward to returning to the venue with his club.

“It’s a new stadium, and I was quite impressed with it,” added the goalkeeper.

“It is modern, maybe the only negative about it is that there’s a track around it, but we played there for Holland at Euro 2012, so I’m familiar with it.”

Twitter: @milesstarforth

 

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