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Timm Klose is better than Lionel Messi – Norwich City buy is more than just a defender

09:54 19 January 2016

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England's Raheem Sterling and Switzerland's Timm Klose battle for the ball during the UEFA European Qualifying match at Wembley Stadium, London.

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Sports reporter GAVIN CANEY casts an eye over the latest Norwich signing, including his rare claim to fame.

The world's best dribbler, after Timm Klose, Lionel Messi. Picture: PAThe world's best dribbler, after Timm Klose, Lionel Messi. Picture: PA

No, Timm Klose hasn’t won the Ballon d’Or five times, or even once for the matter.

He hasn’t scored hundreds of goals for one of the world’s most iconic clubs either. But Norwich City’s new recruit can claim to be better at something than Lionel Messi – and that’s dribbling.

Surprisingly, the Swiss international centre-back is the only person to have beaten the attacking great seen by many, well apart from Ronaldo, as the planet’s best player at a recognised test of skill. Speed4 ‘Super Dribbler’ is a 16-metre task, involving five cones, which assesses reaction, agility, technique and pace.

Messi’s record of 5.125 seconds, set in 2010, was unofficially broken by Klose during a 2013 training run. He completed the course in 4.976secs.

While his claim to fame – or the relevance of it – may be up for debate, the 27-year-old’s success of sorts proves something that can not be doubted. He is as assured on the ball as they come. And that’s exactly what the Canaries have been crying out for at the heart of their back four. Too many times this season, including Saturday’s defeat at Bournemouth, City’s defenders have been caught looking uncomfortable in possession. That accusation is unlikely to be labelled at the 6ft 4in operator.

If he can become the man who can bring the ball out from the back, Alex Neil may have finally solved a giant problem. Balls will now be lost further up the pitch, danger will not be created in their own third, and key men like Wes Hoolahan will be picked out more readily.

If that ball-playing improvement can be matched with shoring up at the back, Norwich’s survival bid will step up a pace. Three Premier League clean sheets is not enough for a team that has largely struggled to score a plethora of goals.

While Klose arrives having fallen out of favour at Wolfsburg, City fans need not worry. He possesses a fighting spirit that will be crucial in the run-in as the pressure of a relegation dogfight continues to increase.

Many saw the classy operator as a squad player before he joined the German club. A horror debut, which saw him get sent off, did little to appease any worries. But Klose bounced back and became a regular in his former side’s Bundesliga campaign last term with a stylish, but solid, series of no-nonsense performances.

Although Klose may have dropped off the radar somewhat this term, he has regularly proved his doubters wrong and is desperate to feature in the Swiss squad for Euro 2016. What better stage to showcase himself on than the Premier League?

A great five months could see him become a City regular, help keep the club up, and then head to France in the sort of form he showed little more than six months ago. And if the Champions League campaigner reaches those sort of levels, you just know a tongue-in-cheek and happy chorus of “he’s better than Messi” will be reverberating around Carrow Road soon.

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39 comments

  • TGWS, didn't "The Damned" cover that Paul (Barry??) Ryan song "Eloise"? A pal of mine, in Low Stuff, named his daughter after that song title! I reckon The Archies blunt the points of their pencils... I suppose "ballpoint pen" has an element of oxymoronicity about it too?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • Brew, (Monty) Oxymoron is the current keyboard player with The Damned. Now I know that along with other members of the band he is in favour of a nice tipple (indeed, they have even had some ales named after themtheir songs). Perhaps Archie should invite them along to pen some articles, they couldn't be any slower.

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • It is indeed chilling that The Woolpack Effect still stilts opinion. A sober "journalist" is banaI enough. One replete with Pinot Grigio is the same but more so. Ps 4give the oxymoronification. Surely the Ruin Rud boys & gals have gone on hoom fer their tea now?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Great news. Naismith deal officially confirmed. Get in there. OTBC

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    Canaryboy65

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • 16.44 - club tweet confirms signing of naismith!

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    DerbyCanary

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Please tell, El Tel. There must be a way of rephrasing your info to satisfy the Archiecensors. Ask City man for guydense. I'm beginning to believe Naismith is more Nay Smith. Or possibly he is bionic and little ole Naaridge int gaaat the spare paarts fer a cyborg superstar rebuild. Gizza chance, Greater Britain, we int even gaat tha' OiTV yit, let aloon Broadsbend.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • El tel, Archant behind, I'd never believe it. Even Radio Partridge gave the update on the 4pm news. Guess many paper journos are still down the pub, or was that only the olden days?

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Are you sure that's not Naismith wearing disguise glasses and nose ?? McNally just on radio says he has signed. Can't wait for next game just to see the line up ,,

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    twopips

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • tbh, Stew, I'm not at all sure what a 29 yr old, mid-table reserve brings to the party?

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    Reg Breeze

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • I tried to tell you what is going on but Archant will not print it

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    El tel

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Sorry Archant you are so far behind

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    El tel

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Can someone please tell me what's going on with Naismith? Is he just down this way for a trip on the broads? Does our club medical include genetic testing and organ transplants? What is taking so bloody long?

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    MellowYellow

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • ah well Stew said it all with the first post on here.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • …..Reg!….Hope he doesn't turn out to be a reincarnation of 'Jake the Peg'!….

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Not Mick macathy b inners lol. Do you boys down the A140 want some of our youngsters on loan as you do it all by the cheap lol

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    dave@thecrown

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Some of these comments suggest the posters haven't read beyond the headline :( On the subject of Naismith and medicals, why would he be allowed to sign before its completion, Stew? I imagine that if a complication has arisen, requiring further tests or specialist input, that would account for delay. If said complication leads to him failing the medicall we will not learn of it, and the deal will simply fall through, leaving the usual suspects to berate the penny-pinching board.

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    Reg Breeze

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Just add a moustache and a cigar and we know who he'll be going as to the NCFC Christmas fancy dress

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    B Inners

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Unlike some of the self righteous comments made on here attacking this article, I for one like it, as it pointed out that we now have a defender who isn't judt comfortable on the ball, but very comfortable! And as stated, will probably prevent us givens the ball away to easy , which has been happening far too often.. Using a colleague who has a smittering of German, I asked him to post on a couple of German footy sites to gauge reaction., and the gist of it seems to be Wow! We have a real bargain .

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    alan clark

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • The most outrageously stupid headline that I've read in years.

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    Ithadtobe

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • 'Stew', I've sensed you've moved up a level. You're now a SMOG, Satirical etc. etc. How you fairing me old Canary chum?

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • With Burns night soon upon us, I reckon Timm Klose is actually another Scotsman in disguise. Just look at anagram of his name and all is revealed. MEMO: KILTS

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Mad Brewer, as long as he doesn't Klingon to strikers in the box and give away penalties, he should be ok. I can't see a professional of his experience doing that, it would be highly illogical.

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    Johny

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Johny, I wonder if Lionel, sorry - Timm, speaks Klingon? He could translate for City man. Timm could be a real danger to opponents if he gets a grip of them. When are we going to beam that Scotty bloke up? He must have a very complex body for a medical to take that long. Perhaps he's an alien too? Maybe he fell to earth alongside Wee Alex in the Mekon's mother ship? Anybody see that cult Bowie fillum last night?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • I had heard a tiny bit of idle gossip that we might be in for Luca Cigarini, Central Midfielder for Atalanta BC, but it turned out to be a load of rubbish. So it looks like it's Klose, but no Cigarini.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Maybe a better comparison would be one with Mr Spock ? There is an uncanny likeness. If he shares the same characteristics, we may have signed a defender who applies logic to his game, that's a good start.

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    Johny

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • …..Oh and another thing!….All players should be ordered to remove their florescent footwear before entering the Dressing Room!….This would give each and all a few moments of eye rest!…..

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • …..While on the subject of the Home Dressing room!….Those benches are too low for the long legged, 6ft plus footballer of today!….The space between each player is only 2\3 of ideal!….There is no back support!….padded seats should be a must!. ...and Footrests should be stored under the benches so that weary legs can be rested during the interval!….Piped music and earphones should be made available, in order that Minds can be rested, and released from the tension of constant bickering, player on player!...I feel sure that more player concerned contributors, will have some thing else to add to this list!…..

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • …..I hope that Naismith can make faster decisions when he has the ball at his feet, than he can at signing on the dotted line!….Are Norwich awaiting the results of his medical before encouraging him to join the Scottish contingent!…Don't kids learn football in school in Norfolk any more, or are they too tired to leave their TV games and get a bit of exercise?…....Klose has signed but looks so uncomfortable on those Kids height benches!….Couldn't some one find a cushion or two….or perhaps they would get thrown around by the players in their anger and desire to blame someone else!…..

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • If this guy is better than Messi then superb! I highly suspect that maybe he isn't. If we cast our minds back to the signing of the saviour, RVW, he was being touted as the next Van Nistlerooy. How unfortunate that one didn't pan out as hoped. Then there was the next Alan Shearer, in Gary Hooper, which again we still haven't been blessed. Hopefully though, Archant haven't been over the top with this bold statement and he is indeed better than Messi. We should count ourselves lucky that he hasn't gone to Barca, Madrid, Munich, PSG or Kings Lynn. Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • If Klose is better than Messi then City will have a player who will make a lot of money for City if and when he goes, he may also help City to stay in the Prem. I am a fan of Naismith who is quick and hard working so I hope City manage to entice him to Carrow Road.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Comparing Klose with Messi before he's even played? Nothing like putting the lad under a bit of pressure.

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    Radshenko

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Oh come on, Mr Caney. If Klose was better than Messi in any way Barcelna would have picked him up years ago. Klose is an international player with European football experience. Who is to say he will be a star at City? What role will he have? Can one man make that much difference. I feel Neil is going through the team plugging holes - rather like the Dutch boy plugging the dam. We have hype no matter who we sign and know the pitfalls. If there is a player better than Messi at Carrow Road he will not be there much longer.

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    budgie

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Brew, I always source that toe-curlingly terrible promo shot of RVW in a forest displaying the away shirt for that ill fated season and send it to my NCFC mates for a cheap chuckle. A shallow lark that harkens a warning of what could go horribly wrong.

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    Go_Fleck_Urself

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • What an absolute load of ed balls. Sort it out archie and get the hacks to grow up. Why waste time on this sort of rubbish. The players made us look foolish the weekend we don't need you lot making it worse

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    dave@thecrown

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • That Stew was the only news Archie could find at the moment. They know that fans will be logging on here to find out if Naismith has finally signed and, in the absence of any news of the ending of the four day medical, wanted to give us something to read. What I now want to know is will Alex be tempted to play him on the wing with these silky dribbling skills.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Hype indeed, G_F_U. Beware of Winkel Syndrome - though I think Timm has been spared the poisoned chalice of "Club Record Signing". I guess the true fee is "undisclosed". Let me be the second to say it... What on earth was that all about?! Ay yay yay yay, Keelan is better than Yashin. Bolland is better than Eusebio and Derby are in for a thrashin'. Everything seems crackers atmo.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • would be nice to see his face.

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    Whiley's Mum

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Not a big fan of hype, it can leave you with egg on your face all too often. Let's just embed him and quietly go about the business of not getting relegated again please.

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    Go_Fleck_Urself

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • ...'ll be first to say it !....What on earth was that all about?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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