Norwich City were in the midst of a Premier League relegation battle in January 2016.
After 22 matches in the top flight, the Canaries were outside the bottom three by two points and in need of strengthening if they were to have any hope of survival.
Alex Neil was busy in the New Year recruiting players he hoped could get the club away from the relegation zone after their promotion the previous year.
And on January 18, 2016, an addition that many fans thought was the key to Norwich’s problems was made official.
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) January 18, 2016
Switzerland defender Timm Klose arrived from German outfit Wolfsburg, signing a three-and-a-half year deal at Carrow Road.
And the reaction to his arrival was of optimism and satisfaction.
@NorwichCityFC good work ncfc
— Ivy ???? NCFC (@AdcockIvy) January 18, 2016
— simon royal (@theroyalcheese) January 18, 2016
— Nigel Joice (@NigelJoice) January 18, 2016
@NorwichCityFC AM I DREAMING
— Leo (@LeooFreezer) January 18, 2016
@NorwichCityFC best news possible
— Stephen Thorndyke (@Zipperslf) January 18, 2016
After a successful start to his Norwich career, Klose won the Player of the Month award for March and then scored his first goal for the Canaries in a vital 3–2 win at home to Newcastle United in April 2016.
Despite his best efforts, the then 27-year-old made 11 appearances as Norwich were relegated from the Premier League after one season.
The following year, Klose was more or less a permanent fixture in the Canaries’ side playing 36 times in a season that saw the man who brought him to the club leave with Alan Irvine replacing Neil as their boss in March 2017.
The club would finish eighth, and Klose would get his second goal for the club in the 2-0 win over Birmingham City.
In his second full season at Carrow Road, Klose was becoming a cult hero for his style of play and passion shown on the pitch.
Endearing himself to the Norwich faithful would be one of the main sub-plots from the 2017/18 campaign.
It was ultimately disappointing with Norwich finishing 14th, but it was by far the defender’s most prolific season.
A break-out year, if you would, that made him one of the leading men in the Canaries side.
Four goals in 41 appearances under new boss Daniel Farke had given him the lease of life to show his best form since his arrival at the club.
And this year, he already has three goals in 18 appearances and is on course to smash that tally this term.
The initial reaction to Klose’s arrival was good, but no one could have imagined how much be would bond with the club’s supporter and become one of the fans’ favourites at Carrow Road.