Norwich City has decided to strengthen their strike force by bringing in Ricky van Wolfswinkel from Sporting Lisbon for £8.5 million.
Is he worth the money? Can he improve their strike force?
Chris Hughton side had a tough time in Premier League last year as they failed to find the target on a number of occasions. Norwich finished third from bottom on the goalscoring charts and the addition of the young striker might fetch them more goals.
Grant Holt is rumoured to be on his way out, as he nears the end of his career. He took the Premier League by storm when they gained promotion, but disappeared into wilderness the following season.
Holt’s departure is likely, whether Wolfswinkel can carry the additional burden of leading the attacks for a new team will be an interesting proportion.
Holt was the club's Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons. But the captain failed to replicate his performances last season, increasing the need for reinforcements in their striking department.
Netherlands International Wolfswinkel prefers the striker’s role to the attacking midfielder’s role in general. He had earned quite a reputation during his time in Utrecht by notching up a number of hat-tricks earning the nickname ‘HatRicky’.
After impressing with Utrecht, the young Dutchman moved to Sporting Lisbon, to continue his goal scoring exploits.
Wolfswinkel has been a consistent scorer in the last few seasons and will be a welcome addition to the Norwich ranks. His goalscoring exploits had earned him a national cap earlier and a move to Premier League might increase his chances of securing further caps.
His playing style and physique is suited for Premier League and he is expected to solve Norwich striking problems for the present and future.
It remains to be seen how long it will take for Wolfswinkel's first hat-trick in Premier League. He possesses some handy experience in European competitions which might help him in his transition to the new league.
At one stage, he was linked with Liverpool and Tottenham, and now finds himself in yellow colours after a few seasons.
Norwich City boss Houghton seemed to have convinced the forward about his plans to build the team around him. Canaries have achieved financial stability now and are casting an eye for the future with this impressive addition.
Canaries’ Player of the Year award was bagged by a summer signing last season, Sebastian Bassong. Can Wolfswinkel weave his magic in Premier League to repeat Bassong’s feat?
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