Ricky van Wolfswinkel has Norwich City lifeline

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Ricky van Wolfswinkel now has a shot at redemption after scoring the second in Norwich City's 2-1 Capital One Cup away victory at Rotherham. 

The striker, an £8.5million signing from Sporting Lisbon two years ago, was back to his best and spared the blushes of Alex Neil whose night was threatening to go from bad to worse. 

Troubling times

With Lewis Grabban going AWOL in order to push for a move to Bournemouth, the Scot needed his players to deliver in order to lift the increasing doom and gloom. 


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And Van Wolfswinkel, who netted just once in his solitary season in English football, doubled his Canaries goal tally in one evening with a performance that may make Neil reconsider his position at the club. 

The number nine shirt, the one he donned upon signing, is now vacant, with the Dutchman having been widely expected to have departed Carrow Road by now. 

Shot at redemption?

Instead, with Norwich now playing more offensive football than they did last time they were in the top flight, he could now stay to salvage his career. 

The 26-year-old, once a transfer target for Manchester United, was on loan in Ligue 1 with St Etienne last term but his nine goals in 35 games failed to convince the French side he was worthy of a permanent transfer. 

Injuries and Chris Hughton's inability to coax the best from him the season before mean the club's record signing was low on confidence and in need of a time away from the spotlight in order to improve. 

additions needed

Neil is desperate for a forward having made attempts to sign Wolves' Benik Afobe and Stoke City's Jonathan Walters, yet has found his efforts thwarted with both clubs standing firm. 

As well as Grabban, former Celtic marksman Gary Hooper could push for an exit having lost his place to Cameron Jerome during their season in the Championship last year. 

It means City need a goalscorer and, with the wolf on the prowl again, he could save them having to buy a new one. 

Norwich fans, do you still need another striker to be added to the team? Let us know in the comments box below.

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