December 7 2013 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Chris Hughton is backing Norwich City’s new strike duo Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper to inflict serious damage on Premier League defences.
The Canaries’ club-record Dutch signing marked his top flight debut with a headed equaliser in the opening day 2-2 draw against Everton whilst Hooper showcased his predatory instincts during pre-season following a big-money move from SPL champions Celtic.
Hughton continues to be linked with further frontline reinforcements ahead of the September 2 transfer window deadline, with Brescia’s Andrea Caracciolo the latest in a long list of forwards touted with a potential Carrow Road move. City’s boss admits attracting the likes of van Wolfswinkel and Hooper to Norfolk in the summer was a vital part of the club’s development.
“I think we felt we were very close in some games last season where the odd goal may have been the difference between a draw and win,” said Hughton.
“What they both have is a CV that shows they are used to scoring goals and that hopefully means extra (league) points for us. We want to give ourselves as many options as we can – whether it is starting or from the bench. That is what we planned to do in the summer and from the two strikers and Nathan Redmond down the flanks I think we have managed that.
“Firstly the challenge for them is to get in the team and secondly to be a team player because it is not just about scoring goals, it is about their overall contribution to the team. With them being strikers of course there is an onus on them to score but we wouldn’t have acquired their services if we were not confident they could do that.”
Hughton will relish plenty of selection dilemmas at the sharp end of the pitch over the coming nine months.
“You can go through however many teams you want in this league and not many play two high up the park,” he said. “You always work on systems and whether you play one just off the front or an advanced midfielder, but I have stressed it already we have to provide the likes of Ricky, Gary and Luciano (Becchio) with a service and we did that for the second goal (against Everton).
“You want difficulties naming your team. If you don’t, then you have a side who have probably played well in the last game and deserve to stay in, but that competition is important. If I looked at the team last season there were quite a few additions and at one stage we had a completely different back four and keeper playing. The difference perhaps this summer is that certainly in a couple of cases we have brought in higher profile players who are a little bit more recognisable.”