Norwich City goalkeeper Tim Krul celebrates his 32nd birthday today, so we’ve compiled ten of our favourite moments from the Dutchman’s Canaries career!
Neil Maupay was on outstanding form last season, his 25 league goals for Brentford seeing him challenge Teemu Pukki with Tammy Abraham for the Championship’s Golden Boot.
When this chance dropped to him at Griffin Park at the start of 2019, few would have expected anything other than for the home side to double their lead!
Krul had other ideas, showing great reflexes to produce an outstanding save and lay the foundations for what would become one point away from home.
Could there be anything more satisfying for a footballer than the knowledge that you played your part in every single minute of a promotion-winning campaign?
That’s what Krul did during our 2018-19 Championship winning season, featuring in all 46 league matches to become an integral cog of the team’s success.
That also included 13 clean sheets. Bravo!
My fave save
Krul has made plenty of great saves over the years, but his personal favourite this season remains this denial of Andreas Christensen’s header when we hosted Chelsea.
The shot might not have been bound for any of the goal’s corners, but the lightning quick reflexes required to reach an arm out and push the ball over the bar make it easy to see why our ‘keeper is so proud of it!
Thanks for all of the nominations for the #SaveChallenge 🧤— Tim Krul (@TimKrul) March 20, 2020
This save is one of my favourites of this season...
Let me know your favourite moment of this season so far... #NCFC
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Different taker, same outcome
We all know how much of a specialist Krul is at saving penalties – a trademark that famously stretches back as far as his heroics for the Netherlands in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
After Marcus Rashford fell victim to the trend at Carrow Road in October, Manchester United thought they’d find the solution through mixing things up when they were awarded a second penalty.
Anthony Martial stepped up this time, but he too was denied as Krul made it two saves from two from the spot!
United’s French forward was probably glad he doesn’t have to face Krul every week when he saw another effort expertly saved by our number one
Andreas Pereira’s corner kick was flicked on by Rashford, before Martial was thwarted from point-blank range!
We’re getting flashbacks to the save against Maupay with this one!
Back to back
It ought to have come as no surprise, following that performance against United and a clean sheet at AFC Bournemouth, that Krul was awarded Norwich City’s Falcon Cranes Player of the Month award for October!
After keeping a clean sheet in our 2-0 win at Goodison Park, he was also voted to win the award for the month of November!
Thanks for voting me your November player of the month 🔰🙌🏻 3 points tomorrow 🤞🏻🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/9628QLkiBq— Tim Krul (@TimKrul) December 3, 2019
Nope and nope again
With the scores level at Carrow Road during the second half of February’s Premier League game against Liverpool, Krul produced a stunning double save to deny the league leaders.
Mohamed Salah took down a Grant Hanley clearance inside the 18-yard-box before twisting and turning to get a shot away.
Krul got down to his right to save, but only into the path of Naby Keita. The latter could hardly have asked for a better invitation to open the scoring, but Krul got up quickly to make another vital stop, much to the delight of City fans behind him!
One for the cameras
There were few positives to take from our disappointing 3-0 defeat away to Wolverhampton Wanderers towards the end of February, but this was one of them.
Ruben Neves, often so deadly from distance, lined up a free kick inside the D on the brink of half-time.
Krul’s positioning was ideal, but he still had to get high up to his left with a top save to push the powerful strike onto the crossbar!
Making the headlines as an FA Cup hero
We’ve already outlined Krul’s penalty-saving expertise, but the moment that may last longest in the minds of Norwich City fans is his involvement in our FA Cup fifth round win at Tottenham Hotspur in March.
The research that had been done by the club’s goalkeeping department meant they always felt confident going into the penalty shootout against Jose Mourinho’s side.
Troy Parrott and Gedson Fernandes both had spot kicks saved by Krul, who ran the length of the pitch to celebrate with 9,000 City fans in the capital, giving them all a wonderful memory to cherish!
A role model off the pitch
If all of that wasn’t enough, Krul has also been doing his bit in the Norwich City community this season.
Take a look at his meeting with British Army veteran Kenneth Mayhew in the video below, and read about how he’s helped an elderly neighbour during the current national lockdown by clicking HERE.
Was an honour to meet this hero.. Unfortunately we couldn’t give him the 3 points as a present.. 103 and counting such an inspiration 🔰💪🏻👏🏻.. https://t.co/vLEyAy8M6C— Tim Krul (@TimKrul) January 23, 2020
We hope you have a great birthday celebrating with your family, Tim!