Norwich City manager Chris Hughton insists summer signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel will start to pay back his £8.5 million price-tag with goals.

The Dutch striker netted Norwich's equaliser - his first goal for the club since moving from Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon in the summer - but has since failed to find the target in six games.

Hughton has tended to use van Wolfswinkel as a lone striker in the opening games of the campaign, however only Stoke have scored less goals than his side and they are sitting in the relegation zone as a result.

His 24 year-old striker did provide an assist for Anthony Pilkington's goal in Sunday's defeat to Chelsea, and Hughton is confident he will hit the goal trail himself hereafter.

He said to the BBC: "I think nobody can fault his work-rate.

"Would he be disappointed he hasn't got the goals he would have liked?

"Yes, he's a striker that's used to scoring goals and sometimes it takes time." 

Van Wolfswinkel is the Canaries record signing after making the move in July this year, and he is regarded highly in world football having been capped twice by Holland as a full international.

Despite competition from Sweden international Johan Elmander and Gary Hooper the Dutchman has started every single Premier League game this season, with Hughton quick to praise his overall contribution to the team.

He said: "First and foremost you want to make sure he is doing a good job for the team, which he is.

"And I'm quite sure that if he continues in that vein the goals will come.

"The next stage for him now is getting into the right areas for us to provide the opportunities for him to get the goals he very much wants."

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