Tim Krul is number one at Newcastle says Pardew

NUMBER ONE: Newcastle United keeper Tim Krul
NUMBER ONE: Newcastle United keeper Tim Krul
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TIM Krul has taken the No1 jersey from Steve Harper this season.

But Alan Pardew still sees long-serving Harper as having a significant role to play and off the pitch.

Harper or Rob Elliot will be between the posts against Fenerbahce in Ritzing, Austria this evening (kick-off 6.30pm BST).

Krul joined up with his team-mates in Germany on Monday after his involvement in Euro 2012.

The Holland international will make his seasonal debut next week when Newcastle take on Braga and Olympiakos in Portugal.

And the 24-year-old will have a new number on his back, having been handed the No1 shirt.

Harper wore No37 - the jersey made famous by Rob Lee - in Monday’s win over Monaco.

Asked if Krul was to don the No1 goalkeeper’s shirt after a season in which he was a Premier League ever-present, Pardew said: “Yes, of course.

“I think Tim’s a great goalie. Harps has to accept he’s done that.

“But Harps has come back with a great attitude to not only help us in the games that we’ve got, but to assist Tim and Robbie.

“We need three top-line goalies. One injury, and the door will be wide open.

Harper’s European experience could prove invaluable to United this season.

The 37-year-old - the club’s longest serving player - has played in 17 games in the Champions League and UEFA Cup.

“He’s got that over Robbie - that knowledge of playing abroad and what it takes,” said Pardew. “I’ll be utilising that.”