The Norwich View: Krul has shown his Premier League quality during the Canaries’ first four encounters
Despite conceding 10 goals in the opening four games, Tim Krul has every reason to be proud of his start to the season.
The 31-year-old has produced a series of top-quality performances, the latest of which came at the London Stadium.
The 2-0 defeat at West Ham was a frustrating afternoon for Daniel Farke’s side, who for the first time since returning to the Premier League were unable to really make an impression.
In truth, the result could have been worse for City had it not been for a string of fine saves from their number one. The effort to deny Manuel Lanzini’s point-blank header, in particular, warrants a special mention.
Despite being one of the few members of this City squad to possess considerable top-flight experience, Krul was among those in most need of a strong start to the campaign.
The summer arrival of Ralf Fährmann from Schalke was seen by many as a replacement for Krul, who recovered from a shaky start to his City career to help lead the club to the Championship title last season.
But Farke has kept faith with Krul and – as with many of his other selection choices – is reaping the benefits.
The stats back up Krul’s impressive start to the season. His 17 saves after four games is only bettered by Hugo Lloris at Spurs, while he has also made the second highest number of successful punches.
On the ball, which is an important component of Farkeball, the ex-Newcastle stopper has made 137 passes – the most of any ‘keeper in the league.
While I’m sure Krul would love a few more quiet afternoons between the sticks, he will not be afforded that luxury when the Canaries return to action after the international break.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City arrive at Carrow Road in ominous form and a herculean effort will be required to keep them out.
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