Following their promotion to the Premier League after a highly impressive Championship-winning season, Daniel Farke must axe returning Norwich City centre-back Timm Klose this summer.
With FC Basel recently confirming that they would not be taking up the option to purchase the 33-year-old following his loan spell at the club, Klose looks set to return to Carrow Road ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
That the Swiss club are not taking up their option to buy the £450,000-rated defender may come as something of a surprise for Stuart Webber and Norwich, as the Switzerland international had been in rather fine form for the Super League runners-up this term.
Over his 28 appearances for Patrick Rahmen’s team this season, Klose helped his side to keep six clean sheets, as well as averaging 1.5 interceptions, 0.9 tackles and 6.1 clearances per game, culminating in an average SofaScore match rating of 7.03 – ranking him as the club’s eighth-best performer in the Swiss top flight.
However, these displays should not tempt Daniel Farke into welcoming the £20,000-per-week defender back into his squad ahead of their Premier League campaign, as his level of performance in the top flight for Norwich last season was simply not of the standard required to survive in the league.
Indeed, over his seven league appearances in the club’s Premier League jaunt in 2019/20, Klose failed to help Norwich keep a single clean sheet, while also making an average of one interception, 1.1 tackles and 3.6 clearances per game, in addition to averaging a SofaScore match rating of a mere 6.59.
As such, with the centre-back now being two years older, and likely slower and less fit, it would be an very unlikely scenario that Klose will be any better suited to Premier League football this time around, with it being a fair assumption to make that Farke – who previously claimed that the defender makes a number of “costly” errors for the club – will not utilise the 33-year-old all that often.
With the former Wolfsburg man still picking up a hefty wage at Carrow Road, it would seem highly advisable for Webber to do all he can to move Klose on this summer – something which would also free up a chunk of the club’s wage bill to possibly be spent on a potential new signing.