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Tim Krul talks about painful journey from unwanted by Rafa Benitez to now remarkable story at Norwich

8 months ago
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It was a painful fall for Tim Krul, having been established as undisputed number one at Newcastle United, only to then be unwanted.

His last ever game proved to be the 6-1 hammering at Man City after Mitrovic had put Newcastle ahead, a dramatic collapse by those in front of him pointing possibly towards why that season proved to be a relegation one.

Tim Krul went away on international duty after that match and never played for Newcastle again, by the time he recovered from a serious ACL injury picked up playing for Holland, Rafa Benitez had decided for whatever reasons he didn’t want the Dutch keeper and instead brought in Matz Sels.

Disastrous/average loan spells at Ajax and AZ followed, before he was then allowed to join Brighton on loan in summer 2017, a move which quickly became permanent on a year long deal.

However, new Brighton number one Matthew Ryan proved to be their player of the season and never missed a match, Tim Krul says Chris Hughton then told him he had to leave for the sake of his career as he should be a number one.

A remarkable story has unfolded since at Norwich City.

A 3-1 victory at Leeds on Saturday now sees them top of the Championship with 16 games remaining.

What makes it so remarkable is that Norwich are now in the third and final year of their parachute payments, with by far the lowest payment in this third season, they were forced to make a £30m net profit on transfers in the summer and had to rely on loans, cheap buys and free transfers such as Tim Krul.

The former Newcastle keeper had played every minute of their Championship season so far and has been a yet element in that top spot they now find themselves in.

Tim Krul has now been speaking to the media in Holland about the turn around in fortunes.

Good luck to him because he did very well at Newcastle and in that 2011/12 season looked as though he was Newcastle’s real worthy successor at last to the brilliant Shay Given.

However, maybe like fans and other players, Krul possible suffered from that total lack of ambition Mike Ashley showed when not building on that fifth place finish.

Tim Krul talking to De Telegraaf:

“Brighton was a fantastic club, but my competitor Matthew Ryan did a great job. He was later also named Brighton player of the Season.

“The manager, Chris Hughton, then said to me: ‘Tim, you should not be a number two . You are thirty years old and just have to play.

“Norwich gave me that chance and so far makes everything that they promised at the beginning of the season. So far I’ve got everything done. Now I want to show that I can go back to the top again, back to the Premier League.

“It was a very tough and long drive to get back on track (after injury in October 2015 on international duty, when number one at Newcastle).

“(When loaned out by Rafa Benitez in 2016/17) At Ajax it was actually the same story as at Brighton. There was also a great keeper, André Onana. Then I went to AZ, but unfortunately that did not quite make what I had hoped for. I know that I came in there as a big name. But with all due respect: AZ does not win at Olympique Lyon. I made the choice for AZ to get back on top and still played 22 games in four months.

“I do not want to talk about that (Rafa Benitez telling Tim Krul he wasn’t wanted) anymore.

“They were twelve fantastic years at Newcastle.

“I had survived sixteen managers and if there is one trainer who prefers to set up his own Spanish goalkeeper…

“To be honest, I’m glad that I also made the switch to other clubs, because that’s how I found pleasure at Norwich.

“We have a fantastic team, with a mix between young and experience.

‘I have confidence in my body again.

“It is true that I have gained more confidence in my body (now since the injury). I spent thirteen, fourteen months out of it. You have to go through that. Also mentally.

“Football is crazy, is not it? For twelve years you are in one club and suddenly you have three, four clubs in two years behind your name. But I am now happy in Norwich.”

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