Newcastle boss Allardyce delighted with Forster progress

Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce is delighted with the progress this season of young goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

Allardyce is in no doubt that Hexham-born Forster, 6ft 5in and still growing, is ready to challenge Shay Given - sidelined with groin trouble - and Steve Harper in the long term.

"We don't need to recall Tim Krul, because we've got Fraser - who's top drawer," Big Sam told the Sunday Sun.

"He's really shown in the reserves a lot of outstanding qualities. He's young and inexperienced but he looks a very promising young goalkeeper.

"I'd be happy to use him."

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