Through the highs and lows of Norwich City’s return to the topflight, Tim Krul has been a consistent last line of defence to rely on.
Earning himself numerous Man of the Match awards this season, the shotstopper has impressed on multiple occasions. Here are Krul’s top four performances of the season so far. ⬇
4. Newcastle United (A)
At the turn of February, City travelled to St James’ Park to face Steve Bruce’s Newcastle. The Canaries were hungry for points, sitting seven from safety in the league.
Newcastle were finding themselves in fine form after beating Chelsea and coming back to draw from two down in the dying minutes against Everton just weeks before.
Throughout the entire game, Krul made consistent saves, such as an open-header from Joelinton, a low-driven shot from Allan Saint-Maximin and even turning away a block from Grant Hanley heading for his own net!
This hard-fought performance was one of Krul’s best all season, earning the Dutch ‘keeper an 8.24 rating on Whoscored.com, as well as one of his three Man of the Match awards!
3. Everton (A)
Another Krul performance that may still linger in Canaries’ fans memories came on the road once against Everton. Early on in the season, the line between survival and relegation was very fine, but City were still needing every point possible to float away from the bottom three spots.
Everton were struggling themselves, sitting 14th after 13 games. A matchday wouldn’t pass when the question of Marco Silva’s future wasn't on every Everton fan’s lips.
This game put even more pressure on that future, when City emerged the victors after goals from Todd Cantwell and Dennis Srbeny.
Krul’s second-best performance this season (according to Whoscored.com), the number one valiantly saved troubling efforts over and over again, including Gylfi Sigurdsson's and Cenk Tosun’s low-driven power shots on goal.
Krul was given an 8.68 rating for this game, making it a tough one to beat.
2. Manchester United (H)
Tim Krul’s best Premier League performance this season, and what a performance it was.
Carrow Road hosted Premier League giants Manchester United early on in the season, just ten games in. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United were under slight scrutiny from the fans, many not happy with the consistency of the results.
Despite the score (3-1 in United’s favour), Krul put on the highest-rated performance from any Premier League goalkeeper this season according to Whoscored.com - an incredible 9.33.
Krul stopped two penalties in the game, which isn’t surprising, since being brought on specifically for penalties by ex-United boss Louis Van Gaal against Costa Rica in the 2014 World Cup for the Netherlands.
Two separate players stepped up, Krul saving them both, one from Marcus Rashford, the other from Anthony Martial.
Although the scoreline may not reflect it well, Krul made some outstanding saves in the game, keeping City in it until the very end.
1. Tottenham Hotspur (A)
Who could forget that night in Tottenham?
Going into the FA Cup fifth round, it was a must-win for both teams. Tottenham's Jose Mourinho had his eyes on the silverware, looking to bring his serial-winning to North London in his first season at the club. City, on the other hand, were determined to progress further in the tournament, looking to produce some of that 'FA Cup magic'.
It didn't take long for Spurs to leave their mark on the game, with Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen's bullet-header beating Krul to the near-post in the 13th minute.
From then on, however, nothing was beating the Dutchman. Consistent saves from the 'keeper saw the game go to extra-time and then penalties.
All of a sudden, Spurs had become the underdogs. Krul has long been known as a penalty expert, and this game was no different. The Dutch shotstopper went on to save two penalties and see Erik Lamela's effort hit the crossbar, guiding the Canaries through to the quarter-finals against Manchester United.
In the Premier League, Krul has averaged a rating of 6.74 on WhoScored.com this season, a figure bettered only by five other City players - Sam Byram, Grant Hanley, Kenny McLean, Ondrej Duda and Emiliano Buendia.