City's No. 1

Fundamentally, I believe it was a master stroke from the Canaries management to sign the Dutch keeper Tim Krul this season. My principal reason being the opportunity to ensure a balance of experience and youth. Here are my thoughts the positives and negatives of the player.

On the negative side, Krul has been hampered with injuries, two cartilage operations in 2007, a dislocated shoulder in 2008, an elbow injury in 2012 followed by a bad ankle in the same year, with the reoccurrence of the shoulder and ankle in 2013. 

In a bid to regain fitness and pitch time he joined Brighton on loan in the Premier League and was restricted to cup games due to the unexpected form of his rival keeper.

His busiest period playing first team football was between 2010 and 2015 where he played 166 games. From 2015 until joining Norwich City he played a further 37 times.

Krul arrived at City just before the start of the season ring rusty and having to marshal a young and inexperienced back four.

Positively Krul is 30, a good age for a first team keeper, he has played in every international age group for the Netherlands since the age of 15 including eight full caps, 160 appearances for Newcastle, 108 times in the Premier League, and was Toon Talk's player of the year in 2012.

Honours include European U17 Championship runners up, Intertoto Cup winner and a Championship medal for 2010.

Turning to this season's displays, I see a keeper who is aggressive, vocal and an organiser. Unlike the passive style of Angus Gunn, the much needed instruction to the players in front of him is welcomed. 

He is still an excellent shot stopper and has been at fault for parrying the ball in front of him rather than pushing the ball wide. At times the criticism has been overplayed. The defenders are also responsible in their quest to make a block, tackle, or closedown attacks.

Against Forest he demonstrated quality keeping with two examples of note in saving a ferocious free kick from Fox and a brilliant 'one hander' from the in form Grabban. He can also be proud of eight clean sheets this season. 

Only Leeds United (22) and Middlesbrough (17) have a significantly better goals against column (Norwich City 29) and I'm sure most of us would not want to watch the Tony Pulis brand of football. As the current league's third highest scorers, lets not forget last season's dismal return. 

My final thought is that last season Manchester Utd (or ManUre as I prefer to name them) considered 28 goals in the entire season. After 19 games (half way point) they have let in 31 goals. Does that make David de Gea a useless keeper who should be shipped out?

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