STEVE Harper faces a fight to hold on to the goalkeeping jersey at Newcastle United, according to Alan Pardew.
Pardew has admitted he doesn’t know who will be the club’s No 1 goalkeeper next term.
Tim Krul, 22, impressed when he deputised for Harper during his long spell out with a shoulder injury earlier this season.
And third-choice Fraser Forster – who won a League One medal with Norwich City last year – has earned rave reviews playing for Celtic.
Harper, Newcastle’s longest-serving player, is Pardew’s first-choice in goal this season, but the form of Krul and Forster means Pardew will have a decision to make in the summer.
“We’ve got three good goalies,” Pardew said. “Harps is the No1 at the moment, and when the season ends we’ll reflect on how the season has unfolded.
“Who knows? We could get an injury, and Tim goes in the goal for the rest of the season and does brilliantly. You can’t forsee what’s going to happen.
“All I know for certain is at the start of next summer, I’ll have three good goalies. One of them will be No 1 at the start of the next season.”
A report last month suggested Krul could be sold in the summer, and Pardew was also linked with a move for Coventry City’s Keiren Westwood.
However, his ringing endorsement of 35-year-old Harper, and Krul and Forster, suggests he doesn’t need to sign a goalkeeper.
Forster, meanwhile, was sent off playing for Celtic in last Sunday’s Old Firm derby against Rangers.
And the experience Hexham-born Forster, 22, is getting at Celtic Park will stand him in good stead for next season.
Pardew went on: “You’re talking about a guy who got a League One medal last year, and could get a Scottish Premier League one this year in only his second full season,” said Pardew.