PAVEL Srnicek says Tim Krul should ignore the advances of Tottenham Hotspur – but feels the goalkeeper has what it takes to reach the top of the game.
Krul has been consistently linked with a move away from Tyneside in recent years, with Spurs reportedly ready to offer £10m for the Dutchman.
However, former goalkeeper Srnicek, who played for Newcastle between 1991 and 1998, and returned for a short spell between 2006 and 2007, does not feel now would be the right time for Krul to leave.
He said: “A move to a so-called bigger club does not always turn out for the best.
“Tim is still young, and I think if he stays at Newcastle for another year or two and just gets more experience, he will have a good chance (of going to a top club).
“He was fantastic when Newcastle finished fifth, but he has had some injuries since then.
“It’s difficult, because you have to repeat the successful seasons you have and it is even harder to do it again.”
When Srnicek returned to Newcastle to end his career in 2006, he worked with an 18-year-old Krul.
Since then, he has watched the goalkeeper develop from afar, and has been impressed with the progress made by Dutchman, who is on World Cup duty with the Holland squad .
Srnicek feels Krul - who has also been linked with Italian giants AC Milan - has all the attributes needed to succeed in modern football, and says he is a “fantastic” asset for Newcastle.
He added: “Tim can read the game, he is very good on the line and has a good presence.
“He talks to people, which is very important, and commands the area.
“You have also got to be good with your feet these days, and everything you have to have as a goalkeeper in modern football, he has got it.
“I think he is a fantastic goalkeeper for Newcastle, but the way the business goes, maybe one day someone will come in with money and he will go, leaving the club needing to find someone else.”