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Timm Klose emerging as the pick of Norwich City’s new year transfer window business

11:15 16 March 2016

Timm Klose impressed on his first official day as a Canary.

Timm Klose impressed on his first official day as a Canary.

Copyright Archant Norfolk 2016

Few would have expected Timm Klose to be more influential than Steven Naismith when Norwich City’s new boys were formally introduced together in the final throes of the January transfer window.

Granted, Klose had the top class pedigree. A full Swiss international who won the German Cup with Wolfsburg and helped his former employers into this season’s Champions League knock-out stages. But given the prolonged courtship to entice Naismith from Merseyside and his proven Premier League grounding, the Scottish international’s arrival was met with fevered anticipation.

Here at last was a genuine top flight operator with the guile to make the difference at the sharp end of the pitch. Naismith’s stunning debut in a bizarre nine-goal episode against Liverpool at Carrow Road was a ringing endorsement for Norwich’s persistence.

Naismith thumped home an angled shot and then coaxed a rash challenge out of Alberto Moreno to earn his new club a penalty converted by Wes Hoolahan. Clearly it was unrealistic to expect such brilliance on a routine basis but Naismith has struggled to find his feet since, not helped it must be said by injury concerns which have curtailed his recent involvement.

The midfielder is a class act who in time will justify Alex Neil’s faith, yet it is Klose who is emerging as the pick of Norwich’s new year transfer window business.

The 27-year-old has established himself not only in central defence but as a leader of men on the latest evidence in the spirited goalless Premier League draw against Manchester City.

Klose possesses the physical presence to become a dominant force in the Canaries’ backline but it is arguably his personality and confidence that mark him out as a key figure over this run-in.

That much was evident before he had set foot on a pitch, when he sat alongside Naismith at Colney to face the media following his move from the Bundesliga. Klose’s command of English was far less impressive than the open, engaging manner he talked about realising a dream of playing in the Premier League. It was an unscripted, humorous display which had the assembled press corps in stitches at times with his reaction to a story he had achieved better dribbling statistics than the great Lionel Messi.

You came away thinking whatever he might be able to produce on the field, here was a man unfazed by the relegation scrap he had inherited.

Neil needs players who can withstand the pressure and the tension that accompanies every game now between West Brom on Saturday and the final weekend’s trip to Everton.

Klose exudes a calmness that is reassuring in the heat of battle, such as when Manchester City pummelled away without success in the final quarter. It was fresh evidence suggesting that uncomfortable acclimatisation period for any overseas player had been navigated with the minimum of discomfort.

The central defender has already faced the likes of Sergio Aguero and the temperamental Diego Costa, who for all his tantrums is still regarded as one of the best in the world. It has been a sharp learning curve but the new boy must realise what the Premier League has to offer.

Klose looks the real deal; the only notable blemish perhaps Victor Moses’ burst of speed that ended with Dimitri Payet’s goal in the midst of a fraught West Ham comeback at Carrow Road last month.

Norwich need that consistent level of individual and collective performance to stand any chance of pulling off the great escape. If they do then expect Klose to have played a major part.

38 comments

  • And what about Mal Lucas? Do i recall him being captain in a 5 v 2 win over Millwall? So who would you like to nominate for the worst player you have seen in yellow and green? (Not including the Ipswich goalkeeper last weekend).

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    waclor

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • 61 Canarie, sorry I stand corrected. Did Terry Anderson ever start at centreback though? Now I again stand to be corrected but didn't Joe Mullett lose his place at one stage to Robin Gladwyn whom we signed from Chelmsford? Didn't we also sign a goalkeeper from Guildford - Peter Vasper? You see back then our scouting system had bicycles and could get about.

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    waclor

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • Didn't we beat ManU AT Carrow Road in that epic Cup run? 3-0. Ice-bound pitch. Wouldn't have been played these days.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • I'm on Waclor's wavelength here. Freddy Sharpe was a boyhood hero of mine and "Greasy Joe" Mullett was a Steady Ole left back. I remember him scoring the winner against Walsall in an FA Cup Tie. From around the centre circle! 1962-ish?? Still Wac may not cite the Great Terry Allcóck. Pity on you, Petty Archie. Terry Anderson also proved to be a solid citizen in several roles. I remember him scoring a late equaliser vs somebody or other with an overhead kick (Tut - not allowed now, eh, CamJam?).

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • Did Phelan play CB? I always remember him as a central midfielder. As for Jon Newsome, he was the best CB I have seen play for us. I don't remember Bruce for us. Probably the next best would be players like Linighan and Fleming.

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    Preston Canary

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • Waclor, Terry Anderson stepped into the centre of defense because of the injury to Big Dunc. and played terrifically. He also played every game in Norwich's run to the final that year. Also featured in the first ever Match of the Day.

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    61canarie

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • Its time wise up and change the captaincy.

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    johnty

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • Four attempts to get that last post on. Amazing, there's a man who was one of the best centre forwards we ever had before becoming a classy defender, a Norwich captain who lead Norwich out at Old Trafford when we put them out of the cup and this board will not even allow his proper name to be used.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • Not how I remember it 61 Canarie. Terry Anderson became a very good right side midfield player but didn't challenge the Stringer\Forbes partnership in the centre of defence. The first match I saw had Dave Stringer at right back with Sharpe and Allc0ck in the centre and the enigmatic Joe Mullett at left back. I never did manage to prove that Joe gave his name to the hair style.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • Not how I remember it 61 Canarie. Terry Anderson became a very good right side midfield player but didn't challenge the Stringer\Forbes partnership in the centre of defence. The first match I saw had Dave Stringer at right back with Sharpe and Allcock in the centre and the enigmatic Joe Mullett at left back. I never did manage to prove that Joe gave his name to the hair style.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • mike phelan was the classiest defender we ever had. he could read the game superbly and was always where he needed to be, but that was in the days of man to man marking, none of your zonal defending, letting players drift in to space behind you, and giving them a five yard start.

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    toody

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • Craig Fleming is more my vintage!

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    Ruddy Hell

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • Tried to evade Archie earlier without success. What about Terry Anderson. Came from us as a right winger but seemed out of his depth out wide. Converted to middle of defense and was great. A very sad end to his life later on.

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    61canarie

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • Tried to evade Archie earlier without success. What about Terry Anderson. Came from us as a right winger but seemed out of his depth out wide. Converted to middle of defense and was great. A very sad end to his life later on.

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    61canarie

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • Timm and Ryan look to be the partnership that the club has needed fo some time. Has Timm arrived too late to save City? We have to wait and hope. I remember feeling the same when the desperately needed striker arrived half way through the 200405 season. Deano's goals weren't quite enough back then, let's hope we don't see a repeat of that performance, with Timm bought 6 months after he was needed.

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    GolfingCanary

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • Tommy rising to the bait and getting stroppy. He's misstra know it all?

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • Sorry for the dropped H. Talking of which wasn't Chase a haasole?

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    waclor

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • John Newsome was brilliant before our chairman sold him and chased us out of the premier league. What about Fred Sharpe, Laurie Brown and Tony Powell?

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    waclor

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • Just tried to say I rated Jon Newsome. Fourth time of trying, Archie.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • Do not forget Terry Anderson who came to us from Arsenal as a very moderate winger but converted to the center of defense and never let us down.

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    61canarie

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • Steve Bruce was a useful centre back , partnered with one Dave Watson, and then Micky Phelan and before them the admirable Forbes and Stringer.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • TK certainly is indeed a quality centre back, albeit not the quickest but many such as John Terry and Tony Adams demonstrated that speed is not everything and positional sense counts for much more. Given his ability to read the game so well, I would suggest that if Alex decides to go with three centre backs, then he should use Klose as the sweeper rather than Martin. I would go with Bassong, Klose and Bennett in a three centre back system and chose between Martin and Pinto for the wing back roll. However, I suspect we will start with a straight back four against WBA. With regard to Naismith, I have started to wonder if he has an identical twin similar to Wolfswinkle whereby we somehow got the dud for the games that followed his Liverpool debut, that might explain his lack of real interest. Mind you, the Everton manager did say before we signed him that he had been carrying an injury and that is why he was not getting game time, I just hope we have not purchased another long term crock. Talking of good centre halves, Chris Sutton looked very good in that position and I still think he may have had a longer England career had we not switched him to the centre forward roll.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • I am sure Klose has a relegation clause in his contract. Its a shame we did not buy him last summer when we were all screaming out for quality centre backs. If Redmond is out then Jarvis plays on the right and Brady on the left - simple as that. Ruddy, Martin, Bennett, Klose, Olsson, Howson, O'Neil, Jarvis, Brady, Hoolahan, Bamford.

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    OTFBC

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • 6 months too late, brings our scouting into question. Then at the other end we have an unfit Naismith towards the tail end of a flourishing career. He'll stick with us in that view but someone will buy Klose if we're relegated. He's worth it, great personality!

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    Go_Fleck_Urself

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • You will be recalled, Tommy. Our Creator tends to do that. Though you may have a different creator.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • I wonder what Klose and Naismith must be thinking about our current plight? Surely Klose won't stay if we do get relegated? He'd be the best CB in the Championship by a mile.

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    MellowYellow

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • Nathan Redmond out for 6 weeks according to the Sun-so must be true!!

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    canaryjon

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • I can't think of a better Norwich centre-half in the last 20 years, certainly. Probably it goes back further. I'm 33 so can't really comment on 80s players and certainly nothing before that.

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    Colin

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • Klose is a fantastic acquisition and our big problem if we get relegated, will be keeping hold of him...he really has come into his own now he's settled in and I'd certainly make him captain next season. Watching his performances on the pitch, you can see him commanding the back-line and all around him...he'd be an ideal candidate...as for Naismith, he doesn't seem not fully fit to me and hopefully we'll get better things out of him next season...Keeping our decent players like Klose, Brady, Naismith and Tettey, will be key...but we also need to get rid of some of the dead-wood off the wage bill as well!!! OTBC

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    YarcoYella

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • ﴾͡๏̯͡๏﴿ O'RLY?

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • You're having a laugh Bru . . . . was it Olsson or not? Try to remember. For someone that never attends Carrow Road, you really are having a laugh. Let me tell you that Wimmer, Mertesacker, Afelly and Blind all had 96% + pass accuracy. Olsson was 3rd worst in the entire leagues weekend fixtures with little over 50%. Go to a game before trying to recall what you think you might have read. You are neither a supporter or an optimist. See, I recalled that.

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • We had 3 players in a Sunday paper's Team of the Day. All defenders; Ruddy, Klose and Olsson, I think. Though it might've been Martin, not Olsson. I suppose, with only 6 teams in action on Saturday, 2 players would've been about par for the course. We must work in integers, what, my dear old things. 0tBc.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • Well, I wouldn't disagree with most of what Paddy or other posters have written about this. But the question remains....if the recognition was there that a defender of Klose's quality was needed, and the money for such an acquisition available in January, then presumably the same was true back in July ? On my way to the game on Sat, I was listening to Radio Norfolk, and Chris Goreham made some throwaway line regarding squad strengthening, on the basis of 'we signed players in Jan, but the results have not improved, so why would it be different in the summer ?' . Well, my response to that is that it's VERY different in the summer. Klose or similar would have had pre-season to bed in , for a start, as opposed to being chucked in at the deep end. Ultimately, I've no doubt that, had we signed a player of Timm's ability back then, we'd not have conceded so many sloppy goals so often over the season, and we'd be a lot more comfortable than we are now.

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    Rick

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • For a while now I've thought that one of the worst aspects of relegation would be losing Timm. When was the last time we had a defender of his calibre in our ranks?

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    Ruddy Hell

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • Really?! I'd absolutely have thought a decent centre-half would be more influential than another winger. We have been crying out for a decent centre-back for about 4 years. It's why we went down last time, and will be again as Klose came too late. Sadly Klose looks good enough that we'll lose him in the Summer and be back to the standard of centre halves we were signing last year. He's not going to be playing Championship football. He'll go with Naismith, Tettey and Howson. The rest are not going to be great losses. No doubt people like Mulumbu & Redmond will also go.

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    Colin

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • Really?! I'd absolutely have thought a decent centre-half would be more influential than another winger. We have been crying out for a decent centre-back for about 4 years. It's why we went down last time, and will be again as Klose came too late. Sadly Klose looks good enough that we'll lose him in the Summer and be back to the standard of centre halves we were signing last year. He's not going to be playing Championship football. He'll go with Naismith, Tettey and Howson. The rest are not going to be great losses. No doubt people like Mulumbu & Redmond will also go.

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    Colin

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • Ranked 5th best player from last weekend's fixtures I see. Also Tim and Ryan shared 2nd spot with number of cleared headers. Well done. A partnership looking very promising ! OTBC

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • Ranked 5th best player from last weekend's fixtures I see. Also Tim and Ryan shared 2nd spot with number of cleared headers. Well done. A partnership looking very promising ! OTBC

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

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