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Timm Klose is up for the fight at Norwich City

06:30 28 January 2016

Timm Klose was unveiled alongside Steven Naismith at Colney ahead of Norwich City

Timm Klose was unveiled alongside Steven Naismith at Colney ahead of Norwich City's 5-4 Premier League defeat to Liverpool. Photo : Steve Adams

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Timm Klose is ready for the rough and tumble of the Premier League as he prepares for his Norwich City debut.

Klose forged a reputation in Germany as a cultured ball-playing centre-back, but the 27-year-old is braced for a physical introduction to the English top flight.

The Swiss international sat out last weekend’s 5-4 defeat to Liverpool but is poised to feature against Tottenham at Carrow Road following his move from Champions League hopefuls Wolfsburg.

“I think it is going to be very intense. The guys work really well with their bodies here. I want to fight against them and to take the ball away and be the better player in the end,” he said. “Germany is a little bit more tactical and stuff. I watched the Liverpool and Manchester United game recently and it was up and down, running a lot, fighting a lot, maybe sometimes that is a little bit different to Germany.

“We played against some good teams from the Premier League. I remember playing against Everton and they had Romelu Lukaku, who is a machine, and I am really looking forward to these tests to prove I am a good defender. I want to help the team so we can pick up a lot of points to stay in the league. I don’t want to be part of a defence that concedes goals. That is the biggest thing for me as a defender. The first thing I must do is defend the goal.”

Klose has been impressed by his new City team mates, after being officially unveiled ahead of that Reds’ defeat alongside Steven Naismith.

“When I first heard of the signing of Steven I was really happy because I played against him and I watched some games when he scored some goals and he was always a good player, fighting and running,” he said. “I like that. I want to give everything on the pitch. We have a lot of good quality in the team. When I first joined them for training they showed me some good sides. I needed to raise my game quickly because they were doing a great job and I was surprised at first. I know they have really good quality here so I am sure we can do a lot of points if we work like a team.

“I had other options in Germany, which were quite good, but I was in a big club so there wasn’t really the opportunity for me. I always wanted to play in the Premier League and in the end I had some good talks with the coach and some other guys around the club here. In the end it was an easy decision for me. It is a dream come true to be in the Premier League.”

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  • Sorry you find my posts troublesome, twopips. I've always been inarticulate - so don't blame yourself. @waclor; interesting postulate there. I was recently taken to task for using the word "arrogant" in connection with Alex. Your take may be closer, Wac. There are folk who like to see\contrive an opportunity to look the Hero, the Saviour. Alex is not the Messiah, just a very surprising manager. I'd prefer a few "unsurprises" that work. We've had a flamboyant manager before - John Bond - but he seemed to have his head screwed on in relation to his job (football!). Ken Brown, Ron Saunders, Mike Walker, Nigel Worthington were more Steady Eddie types. Lambo was dour, unintelligible and effective. Chrissie was... Chrissie. As a vertically challenged person myself, I hope I am pardoned for daring to suggest this; does Alex have a Napoleon Complex? I've long believed that Clark Kent set up all those fiendish villains to create crises, so that he could metamorphose into Superman and save the World.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Waclor, there have been a few young and ambitious managers land in the PL only to appear like rabbits in the headlights. The media pack and pundits at this level leave no stone unturned, then theres the local fans on webpages and good old canary call. It all adds to the theatre. At the end of the day it will be more about his ability to lead the team. In most work places young and ambitious managers have their work cut out when leading higher earning and equally ambitious subordinates. I can't begin to imagine what this must be like with premier league footballers. Tactics and a footballing brain are one thing but it must be a real challenge for young managers, just like herding cats. I think this is where a rock solid captain as the number two is critical. Stew, been reading for years and always enjoyed the banter between you old bois, thought I would squeak up every now and then. Must admit I am still trying to decipher MB's posts, although I seem to pick up the general theme!

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    twopips

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Waclor, there have been a few young and ambitious managers land in the PL only to appear like rabbits in the headlights. The media pack and pundits at this level leave no stone unturned, then theres the local fans on webpages and good old canary call. It all adds to the theatre. At the end of the day it will be more about his ability to lead the team. In most work places young and ambitious managers have their work cut out when leading higher earning and equally ambitious subordinates. I can't begin to imagine what this must be like with premier league footballers. Tactics and a footballing brain are one thing but it must be a real challenge for young managers, just like herding cats. I think this is where a rock solid captain as the number two is critical. Stew, been reading for years and always enjoyed the banter between you old bois, thought I would squeak up every now and then. Must admit I am still trying to decipher MB's posts, although I seem to pick up the general theme!

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    twopips

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Twopips, I just wonder if the Wee Man is motivated by doing the unforeseen and, when it turns out to have been a masterstroke, bathing in the resulting glory. The best managers are those who are steady but unspectacular.

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    waclor

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • .....and where did you pop up from Pip?....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • I feel a bromance developing, get a chat room you Bois !!

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    twopips

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • ….Brew !...you like me, spend hours pondering how we can help this fine mess that has been brought upon us to a happy conclusion!...this is all done free of charge! ….we have players shown the door for thinking out loud!….a Chairman that has resigned for undisclosed reasons...a board member removed, and an 'in house' replacement appointed!...The Press cannot explain what is happening!...so something 'Hush Hush' can only be assumed!….Why can't a man with the qualifications (cv) of our manager find a ready answer? ...Are his hands tied?...Does he live in or around Norwich?….are the players living locally?….Do we have to wait until May 2020 for all to be revealed?….Have a good nights sleep!…..

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • I think the wee man has to start unsurprising people. Some bizarre stuff going on. Contrary. Cantankerous. Stubborn. Stupid. Well intended, yet misled? Few people want to see Russell Martin vilified for his shortcomings, but the manager has cruelly exposed the poor fellow's inadequacy. Cruel to be kind? Or a kind of cruelty? Crass is closer. All will be forgiven and quickly forgotten if we survive. The Goldfish Bowl Mentality will be the Saviour of the Top-Troughers. This category does not include Season Ticket Holders. They are "Positive Revenue Units". Cash Cow-sons\daughters.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Will it be Klose Olson or Rudd ? You'll have to wait and see. AN needs to sort a regular 11, make some tough decisions around captaincy and selection and then crack on. Spurs game is big test for AN, not only in terms of the result but the transfer window will be closed and fans will be watching to see ! I believe the wee man may surprise a few people in the coming months, Que sera sera,

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    twopips

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Current manager signed Brady and Jarvis, didn't sign Ollsen. Just saying ...

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Wolfswimple returning?? That IS desperation. He's as much use as a plasticine polder. VOO, typically, was hyped up by Archie's Hyperbobabblers after a half decent cameo against 10 men. Where is he now? Mulumbu was hailed as a great signing, for free. Where is he now? Brady an excellent left-side attacker. Where is he now? Ryan Bennett was beginning to realise his true potential.... I genuflect to harry mcardle.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Good points Malaga. You must have a settled team to be successful. When VOO was in I thought we gad one, sort of, but he's back on the bench now. On another website it says RICKY is coming home!! Our striking options have just........decreased!!

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    Bogaz John

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • The Liverpool game highlighted the glaring defensive inadequacies that have lurked within our team all season. The first is that as a team we seem to have no defensive system that is pre-planned and executed. Because we change our system and personnel week by week there is no cohesion and little understanding. Players appear uncertain of their roles or else ignore them altogether and to a man do their own thing with little thought for any playing pattern. Secondly, the midfield and wide men appear to believe defending is nothing much to do with them and their job is confined to the top half of the pitch. Thirdly, players are often selected in roles that are unsuitable and finally some are accident prone week in, week out. These factors have combined to give us our current defensive record. It leads me to ask if AN needs either a seasoned mentor to assist him or a defensive coach capable of bringing proper organisation to that side of our game?

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Had Tettey or O'Neil played we would probably have won last week. (I realise neither were available). Too many times this season AN has got his tactics wrong, as he adapts the side to the opposition. This is never a good idea and we should play to our strengths for once and play our best players for the position. Rudd, Pinto, Bennett, Klose, Olsson - Jarvis, Tettey, Howson, Hoolahan, Naismith, Mbokani.

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    OTFBC

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Here's also hoping Spurs put out a half-decent team at Colchester in the cup on Saturday and a few of them are quite leggy on a wet Carrow Road pitch on Tuesday night. A nasty head cold for Kane, kicking in on Monday night would be a bonus as well. I'm willing to grasp any straws in the hope of getting the points to take the pressure off the Villa game.

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    NorwichAbs

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Alex Neil needs to start playing the team to their individual strengths and start playing with two strikers ie: nailly and mccormack?

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    Rooney Cockertrio

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Exactly Nevermind, a lack of information leads to speculation. No problem with that providing nobody takes it as fact.

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    waclor

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • I should hope he is up for the 'fight' as we're certainly in one!!!...Tbh, I personally think he should've come on at 3-1 up against Liverpool, as he would possibly have 'shored' things up...I always say if a player's fit enough for the bench, he's fit enough to play!!!...Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it? lol), that game has come and gone and we must move on quick and hope it hasn't done any lasting damage to the players metal or resolve!!! How about playing three 'centre backs' with left and right wing backs against Spurs...with three centre halves, my team would be: Rudd, Olsson, Bassong, Klose, Bennett, Pinto, Brady, Tettey, Jarvis, Naismith, Mbokani; Subs: Ruddy, Wisdom, Dorrans, Howson, Redmond, Hoolahan, Jerome...I mean, Spurs looked really strong and destroyed us at White Hart Lane over Xmas so, it's sad to say it as we're playing at home, but if we get anything from this match, it'll be a bonus...AN really has got to start getting a 'settled' team now, as we're over the halfway point, games are running out and he still doesn't seem to have his 'best' eleven!!! OTBC

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    YarcoYella

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Hearsay and rumormongering is all good, but sheds no light on anything factual. It's all very well predicting the result v Spurs, slating Alex's tactics, putting down Pinto after 1 game, wishing we had Kyle N, not wishing we retain Kyle L, hoping for a new captain. Actually, I'd also say Alex won't tolerate any slackers. It's all behind closed doors. What do I know? What do we all know? We can but speculate . . . . . . .

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    nevermindthedanger

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Some interesting comments regarding "behind the scenes". That's what a fans forum is all about nmtd. Or we could just chip in with "Oh, nice interview Timmy".

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • I cant see there being a very happy atmosphere in our dressing room right now. Ollssen and Bennett replaced by players who dont even play that position. Then the players playing out of position, wouldnt they rather play their own role! Ruddy dropped, strikers constantly changed and hardly ever scoring and Redmond who has forgotten how to run with the ball and take his man on! Something not quite right.

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    Henry

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • We have had problems with the right side of defence for years. Most goals scored against us are down that side. If we play Redmond their is no chance of him covering an attacking full back which just leaves us totally exposed. At times they look like a school playground team with everyone chasing up into the area and generally getting in each others way. Maybe we need a full back who will sit and allow the right sided midfielder to attack with support from others. Redmond can be outstanding at times, but a I am getting fed up with him pulling out of challenges allowing the opposition a free run. Ollson needs to be back in the starting line up with Brady in front of him. The tactic of Brady and Jarvis on the left hasn't worked since the beginning of the season and need to be scrapped.

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    Dave T

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Totally agree with the comments about Bennett. He played really well in our little winning streak. Hope he returns v Spurs and TK can step up. Please AN take Robbie out from LB. I keep waking up in the middle of the night as he heads that ball straight back to Lallana. Why didn't you let it roll out for a goal kick? We'll never know. Spurs, Villa and West Ham. 3 games we must get something out of. My only straw to cling to is Naismith as our new skipper. He has to be.

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    Bogaz John

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • …..Thanks for your interest Paul!….Of course what you say may well be correct!…players can have a grudge with the manager and or his aides, and it may well emerge on the field or in the press!….However,Bournemouth couldn't wait to get Grabben back for some reason and a lot of cash!….Centre Forwards are not held in high esteem at Norwich since Lambert departed even Grant Holt was put in his place with the arrival of Hughton, and soon decided to move on! ...Attempts to replace him have never succeeded!..Why?…I also feel that there is too much aggro in the competition for a mid field spot!…Howson has always been a passenger...Redmond!..Wonder what has turned him on this season!….Only one to have kept his head straight and his feet on the ground is Hoolahan!….and he now seems to be under performing for some reason!…Agree Waclor! ..Bennett may have a story to tell!....I think that this plot has more twists and turns in the near future!...and not necessarily to our advantage!…..

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Bah, I manage a typo every time...but you get my gist.

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    CanaryWest

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • waclor I could not agree more. Do you think Archie will provide said interview? Or ask NCFC for permission to speak to RB? No, neither do I. It's the way of the modern football world, so I'm told. In fairness to AN though, once he had made the decision to play Martin he did not want two CBs on the bench. And what message did that send out to Ryan Bennett? Hmmm....

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    el dingo

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Good luck Mr Klose. You may want to be part of a defence that does not concede goals but sadly you will be partnered with Bassong, so are bound to fail. Bassong is, frankly, useless and is only escaping more scrutiny and criticism due to the fact that Russell Martin is even worse than him this season. By far our best defender this season has been Ryan Bennett, whose heading ability, timing, reading of the game, positional play, etc, has consistently been better than either R.Martin or S.Bassong. Out of 27,000 people in the ground each week 26,999 people can clearly see this - sadly the other one person one who cannot see ..... Alex Neil.

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    CanaryWest

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • I don't want to put to much expectation that adding Timm Klose to the back four will solve all the problems. There is often a lack of organisation in our back four which leaves gaps and opportunities. this really should be fixable and I am hoping that he can really help with that but there is often little organised cover in the second line as well due to a lack of tracking back and getting into position. Most PL teams are good at shutting things down when they need to and getting eight men shutting down the opportunities and pressing the attacking team back. Spurs are starting to look better than they have for a long while and unless you close down opportunities in front of the back four, the likes of Dele Alli and Chadli will be taking advantage. Our close competitors are flashing the cash and digging in, Andros Townsend going to the Magpies for £12M, Swansea after an Italian striker and getting organised, Swansea were able to shut down at Everton and hold on to their 1:2 lead. It is now or never to get things organised. It's early days with Pinto, he needs an understanding with Nathan and he is not firing on all cylinders at the moment.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • The player I would really like a frank interview with right now is Ryan Bennett. I guess that would give us a good insight into the coaching and management set up and how much faith the players have in them. There have been too many examples of heads going down in a match with no strong captain on the field to drive them on. Some have mentioned Howson as Captain but he has often become a total passenger during a bad performance

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    waclor

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Kyle Naughton would've been good. Pinto's "bombing forward" was probably what he was instructed to do. It's about how well the gap he leaves is covered by colleague(s)? That old "defend as a team" ethos, which seems lacking at the moment. We need a proper Captain! A Leader of Men.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • He's got great talent. For taking selfies.

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    One Horse Town

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Martin Olsson must start.

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    Johny

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • From what I have researched about him and saw last week I fear Pinto will cost us defensively. Anyway overall I reckon we have a squad capable of just avoiding the drop. My main concern is the Manager's team selections.

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    irongloves

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Stew, of those players you mention who could criticise Neil the only one who MIGHT get my ear is BJ. Grabban, spoilt brat, the other 2 mistaken buys from previous managers and simply nowhere near good enough for the Premier League. One has grabbed a short term contract with a Chumpionship club and we've hardly had a queue of buyers desperately trying to snap up the Great Northern Irish Hope have we? Of course a player that doesn't make the grade could be bitter and twisted, it doesn't mean we'd have to take them seriously.

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    PaulWho

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • ….The players do what the manager tells them to do...to the best of their ability!….If he decides to play his full backs as part time wingers at the expense of their defensive duties that is down to him!….Pinto..Martin..Whitaker..all much of a muchness….It is a failed tactic!….Don't blame the players!….Blame the Manager!….'Behind the scenes'!...Who knows? There is a good chance that Lafferty..Johnson..Grabben.. Benchio, and more could tell us!…..

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Over the last few years it's been a mixed bag of spanners regarding new players, I just hope this fella is a good 'un otherwise we'll be down the plug hole.

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    cutty

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • The entire back four made some dreadful individual and collective errors so I won't single out Pinto, but he did bomb on a bittoo much and leave a massive hole for Liverpool to exploit behind him. Too early to judge. I wish we'd got Kyle Naughton on a permanent but apparently we had our usual difference of opinion on wages, or something like that. Hopfully we'll see Klose on Tuesday and he'll keep Kane and Co quiet. Trouble is, from what I've seen of Spurs this season they look awesome. We'll see!

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    el dingo

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Lincs, the behind the scenes situation being unclear is because they're behind the scenes! A nice positive story from Timm. I wish him well. Is Pinto 'all that', after 1 mediocre display? Whitts could have performed as equally average.

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    nevermindthedanger

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Presumably he will play. That leads us on to who will be his central defence partner. With the behind the scenes situation unclear concerning Bennett and Martin presumably having gone one calamity too far it all points to Seb. With Pinto at right back the defence will be close to what the fans on these boards have been calling for most of the season except at left back if Alex wants to continue with Brady. The concern I have is the manager is not assembling a team where where the players know their jobs and we have leaders on the pitch. And it seems to be getting more muddled, not less. Right now we just have enough points in the bag to be in there fighting for survival but how far do the board let things slide before acting? Villa look gone but Newcastle have the easiest fixtures and Big Sam wont tolerate any slackers. Bournemouth have a style of play they stick with but lack quality. Swansea seem to have found some form. I dont see any other teams being dragged down in to that mix. I still think we have enough quality in the squad to survive. We should have beaten Liverpool. Let's start winning some of these tough fixtures beginning with Spurs.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

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