Date of birth
Orjan Nyland signed for Norwich during the 2020-21 January transfer window following an impressive career across Norway, Germany and England.
Before the beginning of his professional football career, Nyland competed in alpine skiing and handball (convenient!) in Norway.
But his destination was between the sticks, and it was Hodd where the goalkeeper kick-started his senior career in 2007.
He had to be patient, eventually becoming the club’s first-choice ‘keeper in 2010 before going on to make more than 50 appearances until 2012.
One of those was a Man of the Match display in the 2012 Norwegian Football Cup final thanks to a number of key saves as well as a save in the penalty shoot-out.
Nyland then worked under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Molde, where he won another two Norwegian Football Cups in 2013 and 2014, as well as the Tippeligaen league title.
After making a strong impression, Nyland was named the league’s Goalkeeper of the Year in 2014 and 2015.
It was during this period at Molde when he earned his first senior start for the Norway national team, having represented the county since Under-16s level.
In the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, he was included in The Guardian’s Team of the Tournament ahead of David de Gea as Norway finished third.
Nyland moved overseas for the first time in 2015 to join Bundesliga side FC Ingolstadt. They were then relegated in their second season in the topflight down to the 2. Bundesliga, where Nyland kept ten clean sheets in 30 games in 2017-18.
Then, it was time to join up with Aston Villa for a memorable 2018-19 promotion campaign. Nyland made 23 appearances in 2018 before injury ruled him out of the second half of the season.
In the Premier League for the first time, he was restricted to seven appearances in 2019-20 due to the form of Emi Martinez.
One of those is remembered as the game in which Hawk-Eye goal-line technology failed to award Sheffield United a goal, despite cameras appearing to show that Nyland had carried the ball over the line!
He also helped Villa reach the Carabao Cup final with a 5-0 win against Liverpool in the quarter-finals, before playing in the final at Wembley against Manchester City.
After signing for Norwich, Nyland trained regularly with the title-winning first-team and featured for the club’s Under-23s team in a 3-1 win at Reading in March 2021.