Norwich City’s Timm Klose on Daniel Farke, last season, wanting away and turning leader
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Timm Klose is back and he has a new Norwich City mission ringing in his ears from Daniel Farke.
The Swiss international played a key role on his first competitive outing of the season, and vowed there would be more to come after sitting down with City’s new head coach in the summer.
“We had a long talk, it was very positive and as well, I was not very happy with myself last season – I struggled a few times and that was not my goal,” said Klose.
“I thought I was going to rule this league and smash everyone away, but the opposite happened. I don’t want to say it won’t happen this season – maybe it will. But I think I’m mentally stronger and I had some good chats with the coach. He gave me that strength back to go out there, be a leader, be a guy that everyone can lean on – and that’s important for me, to find a new role on the pitch for the lads.
“The whole team fights and wins for the fans – but this is just for me because I was not happy with myself. I had some games where I wasn’t playing on my level and I was very angry.
“Sometimes you need to reflect on your year. That’s what I’ve done and it’s just down to me to get this level back where I was.
“I really like it here in Norwich – the city, the people around the club and everything that happens around here now, I’m really looking forward to it.
“Last season I had a different story when I wanted to leave because I had a good opportunity (West Brom bid for Klose in the summer of 2016) but this season I was pretty clear in my head what I wanted and that’s the most important thing for me.
“Maybe that was also a point where I struggled, where I was not ready or clear enough to work or fight for the team and that was only down to me – that was not a problem of the gaffer (Alex Neil), not because of the fans or my team-mates. It was just my personal problem and sometimes you have to push that stuff aside, work hard again.
“I want to bring this club back up to the Premier League. I know it will be hard because we made a lot of changes – in the team, the squad and also in the background.
“So we will struggle sometimes but I want to be a leader this season. I want to show everyone they can lean on me, look at me when there are tough times – and that’s down to me to work, fight and show heart on the pitch.”