Regularly linked with big money moves to ‘top’ clubs, Newcastle fans were desperate to hang on to Tim Krul.
After having been first choice in the Premier League for five years and looking like the long-term successor to Shay Given, nobody would have predicted that in the end the Dutch keeper would be pushed out of the door on a free transfer.
It was a painful fall for Tim Krul, having been established as undisputed number one at Newcastle United, only to then be unwanted.
His last ever NUFC game proved to be the 6-1 hammering at Man City after Mitrovic had put Newcastle ahead in October 2015, a dramatic collapse by those in front of him pointing possibly towards why that season proved to be a relegation one.
Tim Krul went away on international duty after that match and never played for Newcastle again, by the time he recovered from a serious ACL injury picked up playing for Holland, Rafa Benitez had decided for whatever reasons he didn’t want the Dutch keeper and instead brought in Matz Sels.
Disastrous/average loan spells at Ajax and AZ followed, before he was then allowed to join Brighton on loan in summer 2017, a move which quickly became permanent on a year long deal.
However, new Brighton number one Matthew Ryan proved to be their player of the season and never missed a Premier League match, Tim Krul says Chris Hughton then told him he had to leave for the sake of his career as he should be a number one.
A remarkable story has now unfolded since at Norwich City.
What makes it so remarkable is that Norwich are now in the third and final year of their parachute payments, with by far the lowest payment in this third season, they were forced to make a £30m net profit on transfers in the summer and had to rely on loans, cheap buys and free transfers such as Tim Krul.
The former Newcastle keeper has played every minute of all their Championship season so far, the 39th game of the season on Saturday seeing another clean sheet for Tim Krul at Middlesbrough, helping his side to a 1-0 victory and making it seven wins in a row.
Norwich are now on the brink of Premier League football coming back to Carrow Road and Tim Krul on the verge of making a big point to Rafa Benitez.
After the weekend results, Norwich are now seven points clear of third with seven games to go and look nailed on for automatic promotion.
Good luck to him because he did very well at Newcastle and in that 2011/12 season looked as though he could be a key part of a very successful NUFC future.
However, maybe like fans and other players, Krul possible suffered from that total lack of ambition Mike Ashley showed when not building on that fifth place finish.
On Wednesday Tim Krul turns 31 and a very happy birthday to him as he is on the rise again.
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