Chris Hughton - Ricky van Wolfswinkel does not want to jump ship at Norwich City
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Chris Hughton is adamant Ricky van Wolfswinkel is settled at Norwich City after a frustrating injury-hit start to his Carrow Road career.
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.”