Speaking to The Eastern Daily Press, Norwich manager Alex Neil has praised Timm Klose for his recent performances, but pinned the good defensive form down to his tactics and what he has changed at the back.
Klose signed for Norwich in January for a club-record £9m from Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga and has been in immense form over the past month or so. Even in some of the games Norwich lost Klose was still impressive at the back.
He has been especially imperative in the last two matches, as Norwich have recorded back-to-back clean sheets for the second time this season, The clean sheet away at West Brom at the weekend was also Norwich’s first shutout on the road this season.
Yes he has made a difference and that is there for all to see. He has been a good signing for us who has improved with every game.
He has good experience, he is good on the ball with either foot, he can play left or right and he is a great lad to have in the changing room as well.
However, despite Klose’s sparkling performances, Neil has praised the tweaks that he has made in training to the defence as the reason behind Norwich’s good defensive form over the last few matches.
But what we have done is really just tweak a couple of player movements, in the sense if the ball gets worked into a certain area we make sure we have three defenders in the box at all times, rather than getting dragged into wide areas.
The main thing is when the ball comes into our box we are winning our headers, winning our tackles and the lads are covering for each other and making the right decisions. There was always a lapse in concentration that was costing us goals before but I sense a different intensity about the group at the moment.