December 9 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 30, 2013
Ricky van Wolfswinkel is happy to wait for his Norwich City team-mates to learn how to get the best out of his predatory instincts – although the striker knows it’s a two-way street.
The Canaries’ record signing has one goal from two chances and only a handful of touches in his opening two Premier League matches following his summer move from Portugal, but has already shown plenty of promise for what he can achieve in England.
“Of course they know what I want but some details, they sometimes think a little different or expect something different from me as a striker, and the other way around as well,” said Van Wolfswinkel. “Sometimes you will say something to the midfielders about how you want the pass. It’s all just a matter of time.
“I’m just a striker waiting for crosses, and if you get the right cross, they are moments you are waiting for and as a striker, you should be in that spot.
“There’s a big difference from the other competitions I’ve played in. This is more physical and the tempo is higher. I have to get used to that and it will be normal to take time. I have to play a few more games to get there and get used to it.”
One thing City fans don’t have to worry about is the burden of an £8.5m price tag. For a young Netherlands international who has turned out for Sporting Lisbon and the responsibilities that demanded, Van Wolfswinkel is sat pretty comfortably.
“Actually the price is not pressure, it’s a motivation and it gives me confidence because from moment one Norwich did everything in their power to get me,” said the 24-year-old. “For me it isn’t something I think about, the price. It isn’t something I should think about – instead just trying to help the team to get better.
“For me this is a great club. The atmosphere around the stadium, in the team and in the city. This is for me the perfect spot to have peace and to play well.”