ALAN Pardew says Tim Krul will come back stronger from Newcastle’s catastrophic Christmas collapse at the Emirates.
Krul built on a solid 2011 to establish himself as one of the Premier League’s top goalkeepers last year but has ended it by shipping 11 goals in two games.
The Holland international was not at fault for any of them but it will still have had an effect on a player whose experience belies his relative youth.
Krul (pictured right) has been one of the few United defensive players to have escaped a major injury or suspension.
But the uncertainty in front of him has had an impact, with the team having only kept seven clean sheets in all competitions this season. His manager is convinced that, far from breaking him, the disappointing end to 2012 will probably enable him to bounce back stronger.
Pardew said: “It’s fair to say it’s been tough for him. He is a young goalkeeper.
“It has been good experience for him in a kind of positive-negative way.
“You are going to have periods like that unless you are at a really big club like Manchester United.
“You are going to get the days when you concede.
“I remember Arsenal conceding eight at Man United, so I think young goalkeepers do get it in their careers and you have to be able to put it behind you.”
Whatever happens, Pardew has no worries about Krul’s mental strength, having detected a real determination in the Dutchman to put it right against Everton.
He added: “I have looked at him nd Tim looks fine.
“Confidence is not really an issue with him.
It will put him on his mettle to make sure against Everton he really is on top of his game. I see in him nothing really to worry about.”