Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has said that former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar is his inspiration for performing exceptionally this season. Edwin van der Sar retired at the age of 40 after playing a number of years for clubs like Juventus and Manchester United. Manchester United replaced him with the £ 18 million signing of David De Gea.

However, he has been not as consistent as the Dutchman, who won almost every major trophy with Manchester United during his time at Old Trafford. Now, Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has come out in flying colours this season, emulating the performances of other goalkeepers like Cech and Joe Hart.

He has been one of the key members of the Newcastle United squad, which has performed admirably this season. Despite suffering three defeats in their last four matches, Newcastle United have been able to maintain a top six position in the Premier League. Tim Krul’s contributions towards this has been enormous, but the Dutch international says that Edwin van Der Sar has always been his inspiration. Tim Krul is thought to be one of the leading contenders for the position of being the first choice goalkeeper for Netherlands in the Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. He says that Edwin van Der Sar has always helped him to become a better goalkeeper.

“He took me to one side and talked to me for 20 minutes. He told me to go out on loan, do things wrong, make mistakes and learn from all of them. If I need anything he is always there on the phone, he helps and he advises me. He has been a big influence. It’s been great to have that support and help,” said Krul. Tim Krul has been one of the sensations of the Premier League at just 23 years of age.