What does the future hold for Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel?

Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has been linked with a move away from Carrow Road. Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has been linked with a move away from Carrow Road.

Monday, June 2, 2014
4:41 PM

PSV have become the latest club linked with saving Ricky van Wolfswinkel from his Norwich City nightmare.

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Fresh from speculation Benfica were about to make their move for the Dutchman, claims which were subsequently denied, the Eredivisie outfit are reportedly keen on the man who scored just one goal for the Canaries in the Premier League last season.

It remains to be seen whether PSV firm up their interest with a firm bid but it is clear that if Norwich want rid of the 25-year-old then there are going to be takers.

New boss Neil Adams has insisted the Canaries are under no pressure to sell any of their players but he must also decide whether Van Wolfswinkel is really cut out for the hurly burly of Championship football. Further to that, does the former Sporting Lisbon striker want to stay at Carrow Road having struggled in a team that never played to his strengths under Chris Hughton? Is he prepared to take a hit on his wages in order to prove he isn’t a big money flop?

If Norwich do decide to sell then it is inevitable they will have to take a hit on the £8.5m they parted with last summer. That won’t go down well when every penny has to be prisoner in pursuit of making an immediate return to the Premier League.

With Van Wolfswinkel only 12 months into a four-year contract at Carrow Road, an attractive option could be for City to loan out the forward in the hope he rediscovers his scoring touch. City could then reap the benefit of the striker hopefully improving his market value or re-integrating the player into a squad that has regained top-flight status at the first attempt.

If Adams feels Van Wolfswinkel isn’t the man to spearhead his attack next season then a loan deal could suit all parties.

Let us know what you think.

27 comments

  • Danny Boy, Can you suggest a striker we should've signed last season who would please fans like yourself. The striker suggested must obviously be over 6ft2 to compete with tall defenders and be able to score from the half way line as other than when his shots went on target thats where he was 99% of the time dealing with our own defenders hoofed clearances. Write last season off. Nobody could've pleased you fans within a Hughton set up. Hughtons tactics are never about the striker scoring 20 goals. When Hughtons tactics worked at other clubs the striker was there to hold it up and hold it until giving it to midfielders supporting arrived. RVW wasnt fit for that purpose I just described granted but RVW never stood a chance of pleasing some of our fans as they expect him to magic up 20 + goals from the half way line. Even then they'd still find something to moan about.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • I think initially when he first came here he like us was full of optimism and eager to do the job (the goal against Everton was brilliant ) but as the season progressed the realisation of the style of play seeped in, this optimism was replaced with desperation and frustration. To be fair to the boy most of his chances were on target only to be foiled by the goalie pulling off wonderful saves. I don't think he's a quitter and wants to stay and do the job and prove the doubters and trolls wrong. Hopefully under the new manager and coaches, with a different style of football this will happen.

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    Gibbo

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Let's have it right RVW is too inexperienced for the Premier League and vastly uneducated in the ways of the English game for the Championship. Don't get me wrong I'm not here to slate the lads talent and don't confess to be a footballing great with knowledge from grass roots level upwards but you look at his CV NCFC is the first British team he's played for, he could obviously cut it in the Netherlands and Portugal with Sporting CP prompting City to buy him but as anyone with half an interest in the beautiful game will know the vast difference between the different leagues round the world. I certainly don't see him coping with smashing elbows into heads in the Championship it's a lot more physical than the top flight has ever been allowed to be since the playing days of the late great Sir Bobby Moore and Chopper Harris to name but a few. For the lower leagues of the English game you need to be a grafter physically and mentally, your asked to play two games a week in an already notoriously tough division. My point is we as a club need to focus on keeping grafters the likes of Ruddy, Snodgrass, Martin and Johnson again to name but a few that know the English game inside out and who are prepared to go out in the green and yellow every game and sweat blood for the shirt. I believe the best thing for RVW IF he wants to stay at all is to put him out on loan toughen the lad up a bit build him up physically let him rediscover his goal scoring form and bring him back hopefully a better player with a better understanding of what is needed by NCFC from every member of staff from floor lever upwards to get back to the top flight at the first time of asking. Here endth the lesson.

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    Danny Boy

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Sharky I didnt think you were abusing me chap? Your spot on, football is all about opinions. If anything im one of the few on this site who try to see both sides of a debate even if I dont directly agree. :)

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • That`s the second post this week suggesting somebody should cease to live. Howesy this time. Mattias, don`t delude yourself into thinking you`re the only victim of Archant plagiarism. Or the only one worth plagiarising. It is also possible for more than one person to hold the same view.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • M333. No I,m not abusing you. We are having a debate here and thats what this forum is for. Football is all about opinions, right or wrong. I have to say I was disappointing with the appointments, but very much looking forward to supporting them. Looking forward also to see what their plans are in the coming weeks.

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    sharky

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Many thanks for the kind words Cornwall Canary. Sharky I totally agree with your opinion of RVW (which differs to mine) when hes played within the Hughton way of playing. Lumping the ball up to him on the half way line, hes simply not fit for purpose. Not disputing that. However what im trying to say is within a different managers style of play where he isnt going to spend 99% of his time on the half way line (nowhere near the goal to actually have a chance of scoring) I personally feel he'd be a superb player within our squad. We cant base all our opinions on players through how they played under Hughton. If Adams gets us playing how he claims and RVW still doesnt do the business come and laugh at me and ill hold my hand up and take the any abuse that comes my way.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • I would like to see him stay but only if the style of play that is used next season is to his strengths. As others have said, it would be good to have his take on matters of last season and whether he wants to stay or go, we know his strike partner wants out. I would like to see RVW teamed up with Becchio as I think he needs someone more mobile up front with him, which neither Hooper or Elmander was. If he goes out on loan albeit to try and build up his scoring again does it give the right signal to the player, I doubt it. It is said when new manager comes in and it is the start of a new season that the slate has been wiped clean and fresh start for all, which I agree with, it would also be good to see that attitude from the fans and we all get behind the team and if RVW is part of it also him. OTBC

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    Jakarta (ex-Singapore) Canary

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • would LOVE to hear RvW'S take ovver the last season. Wonder what he would really like to say re CH's tactics etc..and is he really happy here??

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    Gary Guymer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Agree with Stew and Oldyella. Us "olduns" have to stick together lol. A forward has to bust a gut to get in front of centre backs. RVW never did that. You cant keep hiding behind the big men. Plus of course he did completely lose his confidence. However I would hope he stays and learns. For me we have to have a big target man for players like him to be a sucess. Even for players like Loza who in my opinion is our best prospect.

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    sharky

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Spot on yet again Mattias. Always worth reading your posts.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Fact scored one goal - fact touch like a 80 year old

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    Jimmy Hupperby

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Matias333 bang on the button and as for oldyellla it's time for you to b put down you must be losing your sight and may be a lot else lol

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    Howesy

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • So far the one goal has cost in the region of £11.5m. Another season will probably cost £3.5m. The trouble is we will probably have to pay another huge sum to an agent to find a buyer.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • 99.9% of the season we didnt actually make a clear cut chance for him (or hooper, Elmander, etc). You forget too easily. Under Lambert we were making 3 to 4 clear cut chances (not half chances) and this lead to people like Morison scoring 9 (yes 9) premier league goals. I'd have loved to have seen Hooper or RVW under Lambert. Bet they'd have continued as they have the rest of their careers by scoring freely. Fact is, last season for the 100th time of saying, he was stationed on the half way line trying to get onto hoofed clearances by centre backs. That isnt playing to his or Hoopers strengths at all. They did their best in a role they are not suited to. Its like buying a caravan but trying to tow it with a moped. Not the right tool for the job at hand. If Adams gets us playing how hes indicated (I forget the direct quote and cant be bothered to dig it up) "attacking, entertaining football" then suddenly you could see Hooper and RVW in their true light. Of course you could just cast him aside and think within caveman terms of he didnt score, he no good ugh ugh ugh. You dont score goals season after season in a variety of different leagues and styles of football and play for your country just by fluke. If Adams doesn't want to play a style too different to Hughton then by all means move him on as that isnt what RVW fits within.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Look at the Big Picture..are we saying that CH never played Rip to his strengths, I've watched him closely, and really where are his strengths, yes he's been maybe better wide, and he has won a couple of tackles and yes he has a little hight on ball in the box, we've seen him as 1 up as 2 up and couple times 3 up front, he's kicked air how many times, he's had couple chances every game and fluffed them (others have as well), he's lightweight and easy knocked off ball, he don't like defenders "Up Him" and has overacted a few times, he drop his head if something goes wrong, CH has played him all over with no success, so what his his best position?? he's not shone anywhere, this guy is not cut out to play english football, where there is no time, and space is at a premium and you have to make your own, and others have to know where you are or going, this is 100 mph football, he was never used to it, he was not brought up to it, and he never adapted to it, Championship Football is hard, tackles fly in and it's 2 games a week, he's sadly not up to it. I feel a bit sorry for the guy, I'm sure he felt it last season but it would be wrong to let him try Championship footy... GET RID

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    OLDYELLA

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Thank you for the kind words morgan Hewitt.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • There are 46 Championship games as opposed to only 38 in the Premiership, so I am really really hoping he can reach 2 goals next season.

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Someone. Anyone. Please take him away.

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    North folk

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Personally I would give the lad a chance in the Championship. We bought a player with potential who was mentally deconstructed by CH and his crew, but it's a new start come August. I hope he gets the opportunity to show what he can do for us. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Matthias, once again your genius opinion sits close to home. No sarcasm. You should write for this column. I'm inclined to just support your statement about Winkel - I honestly think he was worth the price tag but unfortunately didn't get played to his strengths (you're only as good as your service), lost confidence in his ability, suffered fan abuse which psychologically isnt going to do wonders for you on the pitch and ended up left wanting and frustrated. Would we have ever seen his competency in front of goal? Who knows. The only way he'll stay at NC is if he's loaned out, honed up and NC go straight back up. If we stay in the champ and let's all be realistic here, there's a chance, then we sell Winkel because he won't want to play at that level nor will he be suited to it. Winkel is a grey area, there's no immediate obvious answer - I'm sad that we never got to see him flourish here and it's made NC look a bit foolish spending £ on a bit of a flop 'cos the outside media don't look at the fact that CH and all didn't really play their part. But hey ho, we cant look back. otbc

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    Morgan Hewitt

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • …..I wonder, just wonder if RvWW has an opinion to offer on his lack of goal scoring opportunities!....He cannot be completely without feeling on the subject, and now would be the time to state his case....It may answer the question it may not!... It could CLEAR THE AIR!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • It's going to be either a loan, or a permanent move for a cut-price fee but with add-ons based on performance or sell-on value. No one will pay £8.5m and there's no way the player will be playing in the Championship.

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    Colin

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Im going to start charging royalties if Archant keep taking my posts and making them into articles a week later (obviously in a far more grammatically correct manner). Basically every point I made the other week has simply been expanded on. I still believe RVW will leave on loan. Only real option IMO. Nobody is going to offer the sort of money we will want to recoup. Any potential buyer will have to think about the come-back from fans if they spend a lot of money on someone who only scored 1 goal. Even if the club themselves look beyond the 1 goal and realise he is a very good striker just totally miss-played by a clueless manager in Chris Hughton I cant see them parting with 8.5m or anything close to it. Im guessing of course but some of the mindless abuse the player has taken from simplistic fans won't have exactly made him want to stay around or feel welcome so that leaves only 1 other option. A loan would likely suit the club as it will see them recieve a monthly fee for him and also see his wages at least partially covered depending on what % is agreed. In the meantime the club will hope and pray we obtain promotion and problem solved. I hope he stays one way or another as I'd love to see him (and others) played correctly to their strengths. All depends how Adams plans on playing.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Sometimes the right decision is to take a financial hit and move on. His wages must also be significant. I remain unconvinced and what we absolutely need next season is goals and lots of them as we seek to win matches - remember how that works?

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • This "no pressure to sell" thing is tiresome. Think about it. A club are not going to say they desperately need to offload players, as they will then attract lesser offers.

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    Colin

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Looks like the Archies have had their instructions via Stephan `Boycie` Phillips - soften up the punters for a financial `hit` when Winkel is offloaded. Swap him for Peterborough`s Assombalonga - as long as Posh don`t demand too much of a balancing fee.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

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