Chris Hughton - Ricky van Wolfswinkel does not want to jump ship at Norwich City

Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel had endured a testing debut season at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel had endured a testing debut season at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, January 31, 2014
7:00 AM

Chris Hughton is adamant Ricky van Wolfswinkel is settled at Norwich City after a frustrating injury-hit start to his Carrow Road career.

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The Dutchman has failed to add to his solitary goal in the opening day Premier League draw against Everton but Hughton is convinced van Wolfswinkel’s fortunes in front of goal will turn. Van Wolfswinkel was linked with PSV Eindhoven earlier this week but Hughton is convinced the Dutchman will have a big say in the Premier League run-in.

“If people think he is homesick or he hasn’t settled you couldn’t be further from the truth,” said Hughton. “I don’t think I need to give any message to other clubs. He is someone we signed on a long term deal in the summer and he is an integral part.

“There is no doubt Ricky has not got the goals he would have liked to. What he has given the team is a whole-hearted work ethic. He enjoys training. He is a very good personality to have around and he is delighted to be here. He wouldn’t be the first person who has taken a while to get into his stride. It is frustrating for him because he is somebody who is used to scoring goals. It becomes a question of confidence. Once he gets the first the others will come quickly. He is a striker and they are used to these periods.”

Hughton knows City’s goal statistics make for difficult reading with the Canaries one of the least productive sides in the Premier League.

“It is something that we are very conscious of. The facts don’t lie and we will do whatever it takes to change,” he said. “We have certainly altered the system this season. I don’t think anybody could accuse us of not playing an offensive team with two up front for long periods and two wingers. It is something we are trying to address and it is something we are working so hard on at the training ground.

“Sometimes those phases can turn on the silliest of things, lucky goals or some confidence gained from the odd goal here or there.”

Hughton has split his time since the midweek goalless draw against Newcastle between preparing for a crucial league trip to Cardiff and searching for potential reinforcements in the final throes of the transfer window.

“We are doing our work like every other club and we will continue to do that right up until the last moment, but I hope I am not working on things until 11pm,” he said. “You would hope any business that might be done is completed a long time before the window closes. We want to be able to concentrate on what is important for us - which is a tough away game at Cardiff – and this is a situation we could do without. If we are able to do something, then great. If not, we have a competitive squad and we have brought the likes of Alex Tettey and Anthony Pilkington back into a squad that has managed to get us into 12th place.”

27 comments

  • NICEONE. You need to keep a good hold of those straws your grasping.....................but I do hope you're are right!

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    john doe

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Read as "when Newcastle sacked CH was..."

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    Pierre

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • The man is a tactical genious! Two up front and two wingers, amazing write that one down. Maybe the players are confused by his complex tactical ideas.

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    Burglecut

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • We could loan him to Christian Dior as a clothes-horse. He's got the looks, but I'm scared he'd stub his toe on the catwalk + be out for another 3 months....

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    Timbo

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Trevor Keith - I hope you are wrong in your predictions. The wolf and Hoolahan will not leave today and we will see Hoolahan back on the field when he picks his toys up again.

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    Jim

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • I predict we will see the Wolf and Wes leave later today but no new players coming in, then CH will say we are happy with what we have!

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • I hope there`s not a parallel at Cardiff. It has been reported they may be selling Andreas Cornelius back to Copenhagen for £3.5m. This is £5.0m less than they paid for him last summer... All that hype about poor RvW and it`s turned into a (well paid) nightmare for him. His World Cup chances are blown, surely? I think playing in the Prem was meant to be a showcase for him. Turns out to be more like a wheelie bin.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • I really do wonder what game people are watching some days.

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    Smudger75

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • GPL......The list of things that are the managers fault is spot on......It's in the job description. Players loosing form should be replaced in side and not persisted with for the good of all and systems of play are entirely at his dictat. What people cannot get their heads around is the total lack of input from the manager and the apparent inability to see problems on the field of play and to take the appropriate action.

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    NICEONE

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Maybe we need to sign a Director of football to oversee all our footballing departments. That person should be doing all the chasing and putting calls into clubs. That would leave the manager doing what he should be doing. Getting things right in training and winning games on match days.

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    Oz Canary

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • There is little doubt that RVW was a proven goal scorer when CH signed him, the problem is the manager has thus far failed to figure out how to get the best out of him as he certainly does not appear to suit our style of play nor does he seem tough enough for Premiership football. We really could do with a reserve side to enable him to adjust to the different style we expect him to play. I still think Hooper looks the better buy but even he could do with a target man to feed off and that would leave RVW as the bench warmer coming on late in games to change things around when required. No problem with that as it really is a squad game these days.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • RVW is a lightweight not suited to the PL. He just gets brushed off the ball all the time. Against Newcastle he was dreadful, poor Hooper has to do all the work up front on his own. Would not miss RVW leaving to be honest has brought nothing to the team - he is not worth 8 million. CH worse signing!

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    kevin rymell

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Everone has their own opinion but when I watch RVW he has very good ball control, is always finding space for the ball to be passed to him but rarely is. He frequently has to go back into Citys half to even get a kick of the ball. He is worth £8mil. but he is not a £30+Mil. forward such as the top teams have so get real and give him a chance.

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    goldie

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Wolf should be pushed overboard at 25p in the pound will do, relegation here we come, start preparing for the Championship next year boys and girls

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • I agree that the Wolf should be sent out on loan but the problem is our daft management would not see the need to bring in a replacement and would say we are happy with what we have got. The truth is only Hooper looks anywhere near Premiership class right now and we desperately need a target man, I am amazed that we did not see one signed at the beginning of the window but that sums the management up to a tea.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • It would probably be a good idea to loan the Wolf out to a championship side. That way he can get some experience of our game without being a liability to City.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • team to beat Cardiff. 1,3,1,4,2 Ruddy Martin, Bassong, Whittaker Fox Snod, Fer, Tetty, Olson Hooper, Becchio need to switch to back 3 to get more bodies in midfield and get some link between back and midfield other than the 'hoof over their heads'. Oh yes no place for RVW until he shows some fight or quality or preferably both.

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    john doe

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Brewer, noting your recent posts on the subject of CH and the dressing room, I recall Redmond expressly indicated that CH was a key factor in his decision to come here. Sol Campbell's press statement when Newcastle was (in part)  "This will hit the players hard. The players admired him and liked him and won't be happy now he's gone like this".

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    Pierre

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Looks like the board don't trust him with any more money---getting ready for the Championship.

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    superfan59

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Thank heavens you are not NCFC manager John Doe.Apart from your team selection,when has City ever been able to play a3 man defence.

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    Trevor Sadd

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Oh dear.....Oh dear the failings of NCFC as a whole are now being directed at RVW who is a striker in a team that can't score goals. Is he any different from the rest of the team at the moment?? I don't hear any comment re RVW that contains any appreciation of the good things he does such as his control of the ball, holding off opposition players and passing to supporting NCFC players whilst rarely giving the ball away. Also when he hits a shot it is hit clean and hard and most of those lately have been blocked due to the way NCFC go about attacking teams. GH has similar problems. RVW has only started 3 games lately and is still developing his match fitness. So give it a rest lads and wise up one day after this nightmare ends we are going to want goal scorers such as RVW.

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    NICEONE

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Sadd. You mean I could do worse???????

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    john doe

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • RVW is a lightweight not suited to the PL. He just gets brushed off the ball all the time. Against Newcastle he was dreadful, poor Hooper has to do all the work up front on his own. Would not miss RVW leaving to be honest has brought nothing to the team - he is not worth 8 million. CH worse signing!

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    kevin rymell

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • RvW has not become a bad player. He has joined a rather dysfunctional outfit - and that IS down to the manager. So I agree with goldie for a change! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Every comment i read seems to the MANAGERS FAULT. van Wolfswinkel not scoring goals is the managers fault. Hoolihan not being played to his strgnths, Redmond not playing at his best is the managers fault. bassongs loss of form this season is the managers fault.Leeroys fers loss of form in recent weeks is the managers fault. Not playing the exact team that every person in Norwich wants, however many thousands of oppinions that may be is the managers fault. LET ME SAY THIS. not all those things are the managers fault. In fact none of them are. We may not play the same type of silky football that Swansea play but look at the table and it tells you we have the same amount of points as them. our season is not as bad as people seem to be saying and it is about high time we looked at our position and were grateful to be where we are in English football

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    GPL

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • RVW is a lightweight not suited to the PL. He just gets brushed off the ball all the time. Against Newcastle he was dreadful, poor Hooper has to do all the work up front on his own. Would not miss RVW leaving to be honest has brought nothing to the team - he is not worth 8 million. CH worse signing!

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    kevin rymell

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • RVW looks like a boy playing in a mans world and has shown no improvement since day one of joining us as for Wes I would hate to see him go but why keep him and then not play him.

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    leslie cater

    Friday, January 31, 2014

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