Newcastle’s Tim Krul pleasantly surprised by January signings

Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul says he is pleasantly surprised by how many signings the Magpies have made this month

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Alan Pardew has signed five players from France in January Photo: Back Page Images

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Tim Krul has admitted that he is pleasantly surprised by Newcastle United’s transfer activity in January after the Magpies added five new players to their squad.

Newcastle have been the busiest club in the Premier League, strengthening their side in a bid to move clear of relegation danger after a miserable run of results.

Alan Pardew has snapped up Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yoan Gouffran, Massadio Haidara and Moussa Sissoko from Ligue 1 this month.

The Netherlands international is confident the new signings will improve the squad with increased competition for places – and the Magpies can climb the table.

“The owner (Mike Ashley ) and chairman (Derek Llambias) did what they said they were going to do. Five new players is more than I expected,” said Krul.

“It’s given everyone a massive lift. The club said we were going to strengthen the squad and they showed that in five or six days, signing five new players.

“It gives that extra competition for places, instead of taking things for granted and people will have to work their socks off to stay in the side.

“At a club like Newcastle, you need that. Before now with the injuries we had we were just happy to get 11 on the pitch and a bench. We’ve definitely got strength in depth now.”

He added: “Everyone said we were too big to be in this fight but we’re not. We’re in it and we have to get out of it as quickly as possible. We can’t take things for granted like we did then.”

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