Time for the fans to see the best from Norwich City’s Dutch Double

Ricky van Wolfswinkel has not scored since the opening day of the season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Ricky van Wolfswinkel has not scored since the opening day of the season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, February 6, 2014
1:07 PM

I still clearly remember the moment when I heard that Chris Hughton had secured the signing of Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

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I predict 12 more points and a squeaky bum ride to the end

Every City fan seems to have been talking about the same thing this week - how many more points will we pick up in the remaining 14 games?

I’m normally a glass half full kind of supporter. But after Saturday’s gut wrenching reversal in South Wales, it has been pretty tough to be massively optimistic.

I had thought that we had an unlikely chance of getting a point against free scoring Manchester City this weekend. They had, I felt, got a bad result in them. Then they lost on Monday night, so we are are back to a comfotable away win I’m afraid. After that City have a baker’s dozen of matches to ensure survival.

What will the trap door total be this season?

Last year it was 36 points which saw Wigan disappear from the top flight and I think it won’t be much different.

I’m going for a round dozen between now and May 11.

Will that be enough...? Only time will tell.

So here are my predictions for the remaining matches.

W Ham (A) - lose

Spurs (H) - win

Villa (A) - lose

Stoke (H) - win

Southampton (A) - lose

Sunderland (H) - draw

Swansea (A) - lose

WBA (H) - win

Fulham (A) - draw

Liverpool (H) - lose

Man Utd (A) - lose

Chelsea (A) - lose

Arsenal (H) - draw

OTBC and fasten those seat belts on the Canary rollercoaster....

By the way the Arsenal game is on my birthday and there’s only one present I currently want.

After years of being a selling club and often making do with cut price signings, I felt we had well and truly arrived on the big stage.

£8.5m for one player? Surely this wasn’t the transfer activity of little old Norwich?

My chest was puffed out and I counted down the days until his arrival.

Meanwhile, another Dutchman - a certain Leroy Fer - was also snapped up during a free spending summer.

He had apparently been close to signing for Everton and his pedigree was rich indeed.

We were told to be patient with our new lads, but RVW took only about 70 minutes to make his mark and give us an early taste of why he was a club record signing.

His fantastic header from a Whittaker cross past Tim Howard got Carrow Road rocking on the opening day of the season and whet our collective appetites for what was to come.

I will return in a moment to what has followed.

Fer also made a quick impact and after a very few games in to the new campaign I was purring at his strength, skill and impact on matches.

I had no doubt he would be player of the season and when director of recruitment Ewan Chester talked about the way Fer had been spotted and seen as a “complete player” my thoughts were confirmed.

So what has happened to our Dutch Double? I know RVW has had injury problems, but one goal in 865 minutes of Premier League action just isn’t good enough, In those 15 games - when his time on the field has varied from 90 to three minutes - he has only provided one assist and had 25 shots, with four on target. His confidence looks shot and he appears to be waiting for the perfect pass.

Fer’s dominance has been lacking of late and has been desperately missed by City. Engine room scraps galore are ahead for Norwich and we have to see the best of Fer. And now is also the time for Ricky to show us what he cost so many pennies.

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