Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul is expecting a major improvement from the Magpies this season after their disappointing display last campaign.

The Toon finished in 16th position in the Premier League, after being tipped to challenge for a European place, during the 2012/13 season, but the Dutch stopper is backing his side to improve this year.

Speaking to Newcastle’s official website, he said: "It was a mixed season. Getting to the quarter-finals of the Europa League was a great achievement and a fantastic experience but of course the league form was not ideal.

"But we had so many injuries. It was just ridiculous; me, Fabricio Coloccini, Yohan Cabaye, Steven Taylor and Hatem Ben Arfa all missed important parts of the season and I think that definitely contributed.

"Next season we'll be right up there, I have no doubt about that."

If they are to be in the upper echelons of the table they will need the form of a number of key players to improve, as many had disappointing seasons last year and Alan Pardew has already been linked with a number of players as he looks to bolster his squad.

Krul was ruled out for the end of last season with a dislocated shoulder, but he will be back for the 2013/14 campaign and is expected to be a mainstay between the sticks at St. James Park.


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