Tim Krul is set for a Newcastle United reunion on Saturday but he insists his sole aim is helping Norwich City to their first victory of the 2019-20 Premier League.
Krul spent 12 years in the north east playing 184 times for the St. James’ Park club, before leaving on a permanent basis to join Brighton and Hove Albion in 2018.
The City stopper still has close links to the Magpies but he’s keen to put sentiments aside in a bid to help his team notch their first points of the season.
Speaking to canaries.co.uk, Krul said: “It was the first one I looked for when the fixtures came out. I still have a few friends up north and my wife’s family are from Newcastle.
“I know a lot of people on the staff up there. But my target is three points for us. We cannot wait for it.
“It’s going to be a tough task. It’s going to be a different test to Liverpool. They have some quality players and have signed some physical, technical players up-front.
“So, we have to be on-guard for that. But what a great fixture to look forward to. We need to treat every game on its own and go out and play together to get points.”
“We can’t wait to play in front of our own fans on Saturday. To have 27,000 there, it’s going to be an amazing atmosphere.”
Krul was handed the starting goalkeeper berth last Friday against Liverpool by Head Coach Daniel Farke, ahead of Ralf Fährmann and Michael McGovern.
Former Bundesliga and Champions League player Fährmann has plenty of experience at the top level and his introduction over the summer has seen training level elevate, according to Krul.
“Any position needs to have competition. For me personally, the level in training has certainly gone up with his experience and quality.
“We’ve got another great goalkeeper as well in Michael McGovern so in training, we have a really good quality and intensity.
“It’s nice to have another goalkeeper who’s been there and done it and from the moment he walked in, it’s been great. He’s a good guy. There are no individuals in this team and we’re going to need everyone this season.”
City are looking to bounce back from their opening day defeat at Liverpool and Krul says the dressing room has been in a positive mood this week, particularly after the resolve and character they showed at Anfield.
“The mood at half-time was different to how we finished the game. We’ve taken a lot of positives out of that game.
“It was an eye-opener for a lot of us and it was good that it came in the first game of the season.
“There were a lot of nerves but that’s normal in such a big game. We managed it and we didn’t go hiding.
“We expressed ourselves and the boys played some amazing football. Every game coming up is a new experience and there will be no easy games, we know that.
“But it’s been such a great test in such an amazing stadium and it’s now nice to put it behind us and focus on getting the first three points of the season this weekend.”