Chris Hughton still confident Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel will be a Premier League success

Ricky van Wolfswinkel's frustration is clear after he had been foiled by a good save by Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd. Ricky van Wolfswinkel's frustration is clear after he had been foiled by a good save by Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
1:40 PM

Norwich City chief Chris Hughton is confident Ricky van Wolfswinkel will hit the Premier League goal trail.

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The Dutchman was denied by a stunning second half save from Fulham keeper David Stockdale in the 1-1 FA Cup third round draw against the Cottagers on his first Canaries’ start in three months following a foot injury.

Van Wolfswinkel has failed to add to his solitary goal scored on the opening day of the Premier League season after a club-record move from Portugal, but Hughton is adamant the 24-year-old will fire.

“Ricky is someone used to scoring goals and that was an outstanding save because from the angle I was we thought it was in,” he said. “It didn’t happen for him in front of goal and maybe there were one or two occasions when he could have got across the keeper but it was really important for him to get 90 minutes under his belt.

“We know he has missed some three months, which is a fair time to be out and it is disappointing for him after such a good start with an fine goal on the first day.”

20 comments

  • This time next year he'll be banging them in. Question is though, in which division?

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • M333 why do you think we have in-swinging corners and why do most teams have at least one winger on the wrong wing. Easy to defend. NO NO NO. I do agree with you that its difficult for the strikers and that we should be changing more often. But defenders hate defending what you say is easy.

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    sharky

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • You didnt answer the question. We are talking professionals here and not Business Houses League ;-)

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    sharky

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • I don't think his missus is starved of good balls these last three months.

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    Admiral F

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Following on from that Matthais, Mark Bunn made the wrong call to come our for Darren Bent's goal in the FA cup. Generally, the further the keeper comes out the more likely there is to be a c*ck-up. Having worn the gloves a bit in the past, I can remember a few heroic charges to the edge of the box that resulted in a frantic scramble.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Mattias333 you have got it in one. Some posters haven't got a clue. Unfortunatelly our present manager is not au fait with strikers requirements having spent his career as a defender,

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    goldie

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • RvW or not I think Dave Stringers side would easily win against eveything Chris Hughton would line up. Its about attitude.

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    JDeehan

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • This whole RVW debate winds me up no end. Stick RVW or Hooper for that matter in a footballing side within the PL and they will both score for fun. They didnt achieve the records they have without being proven goal scoring, fox in the box, predators. The issue that has been talked to death is they are not lone man, target men. This brings up multiple points. RVW struggled at the start the season because we as a side were failing to create an real chances that a player of his sort lives for. People all to easily forget how much Hooper struggled when first came into the side in the same role as RVW. I heard other Home & Away followers mumbling that even while Hooper scored against Watford he did little else all game in the same way people did regarding RVW. A fair few games later we managed to produce a real chances for Hooper and low & behold he delivered the goods. Just as RVW would if supplied the same chances. Hooper has commented himself via Radio Norfolk that he prefers a natural right footed player playing on the right hand side. Crossing like that naturally curls the ball away from the keeper. When players cut in, its nice in variety but usually the ball will always curl towards the keeper and from defenders POV its easier to defend against. We nearly always opt for the cutting in option and as a results RVW and Hooper's chances created ratio has suffered. Another point that always winds me up is the clear fact that Hughton has played this exact style of football at Newcastle & Birmingham where hes always aimed to play with a strong, specialised, target man. Yet he's spent millions on what in reality is 2 extremely talented strikers but not the kind of strikers he requires to make his tactics work. That begs the question whose in charge of signing talent? Either Hughton has lost the plot and signed players he knows full well wont fit his tactics or someone else is signing players and then expecting Hughton to fit them in. Does make me wonder.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Michigan, CH saw RVW as the first line of defence in an eleven man defensive set up!

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    sjguk267

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Michigan, CH saw RVW as the first line of defence in an eleven man defensive set up!

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    sjguk267

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • He needs to hurry up then, soon be to late

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    Derek McDonald

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • I think he would have thrived played in tandem with Grant Holt if we had the midfield strength to allow having two up front. Both RVW and The Horse can make chances as well as take them and The Horse would have ensured that we didn't give opposing physical defenders an afternoon off.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • I've seen enough of Ricky's shots saved by excellent keeping or narrowly missing to think he'll start scoring soon. Granted, a system designed to provide him with better service will speed this up.

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    Southwold Jack

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Indeed Mattias. I'm not a fan of RVW, but I do think he's talented. Problen is he's the wrong sort of player for us. Either we need to start giving him some good quality balls in the box ( not really the City style of play) or get rid of him. IMO what we need is a big aggressive forward of the Iwan type who is a threat in the air, can create his own chances rather than relying on others + can provide knock-downs for Hooper to run in on. RVW is the type of "fancy-pants" player ( as my Yorkshire Grandad would've described him) who would thrive for Spurs, Arsenal etc but is a fish out of water with our tactics. Sell him please Hughton. Admit you made a mistake. Get a big traditional number 9 in. Watch the ball hit the back of the net + your popularity increase!

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • sjguk267 all joking aside, I hope there was a plan linking the other players with RVW. Perhaps even more so, with playing two upfront with Hooper or others, we have to have midfield and wingers who have (and accept) their primary roles as getting good balls into the forwards, rather than cutting in and going for goal themselves. This type of strategy around two top class forwards is not clear to me watching games this season, or reading experts reports.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Half the season gone and he's not banged them in yet.. albeit... he's been out injured most of it, I've seen every game he's played, and to me he goes missing and you wonder if he's playing, he do pop up for the 1 or 2 pooks at goal, but he's light weight and easy meat for big backs, will he cut it in the big time.. well maybe after time, can we afford maybe 67 goals for the season, I leave that up to "He Who Knows Best", if he bangs in 10 prem goals up to May, he was worth the £8mill, but I don't think so.

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    OLDYELLA

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Sharky I am a defender lol! Trust me from a centre backs POV and a keepers, you have your back to goal, if a ball comes curling in towards you its easy to clear to safety or if its even slightly over hit easy for the keeper to claim as no way a striker can beat the offside trap and get the ball before keeper. Add that to the fact Mr Hooper has even come out and said as much but from the strikers POV. When a player cuts in and crosses the ball is stood up in the air which is harder for him to make decent contact with directing it goalwards. A naturally crossed ball goes away from the goalkeepers claim area and also is harder for a defender to hook awayhead away safely without error of finding another sides player or give away a throw in a dangerous area or worse a corner. Just sayin :)

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • CH cannot say anything else, as he paid a record NCFC fee for him. The fact that he has only scored the one EPL goal so far this season is very worrying, but I do think he is starved of good balls with the way NCFC play under CH. I would like to know how he saw RVW fitting into his style of play?

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • I agree that Hooper and RvW are players that can do very well in the right environment. Overall, I would rather to see slick forwards linking up with an agile and accurate midfiled than a beast up front, unless the beast had Drogba-like skills.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Oh well you didnt answer the question. I dont agree being a forward and scoring lots of goals at different levels. Of course you are allowed your opinion.

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    sharky

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

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