Football Friends Online – When 90 Mins Is Not EnoughEverything the Premier League needs to know about Ricky van Wolfswinkel - Football Friends Online - When 90 Mins Is Not Enough Everything the Premier League needs to know about Ricky van Wolfswinkel - Football Friends Online - When 90 Mins Is Not Enough

Everything the Premier League needs to know about Ricky van Wolfswinkel

Norwich City have survived another year in the Premiership, but need to raise their game to remain competitive.

The Canaries thrive on a never-say-die attitude and a strong home record, with the defensive partnership of Michael Turner and Sebastian Bassong proving a strong foundation. However, where the yellows have struggled is their performance in front of goal. Norwich have so far scored a measly 34 goals this campaign, with only relegated QPR scoring fewer. Even a sorry Reading side managed 10 more goals, so it is obvious where Norwich need to improve. So could new signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel be their salvation?

With a name like van Wolfswinkel, it’s no surprise to hear the 24-year-old is from the Netherlands. RVW has been capped once for his country, and was prolific at both Vitesse and Utrecht before moving onto current club Sporting Lisbon. Often players will score by the bucket in the Netherlands before struggling to make an impact elsewhere, with the Erdivisie often proving a league that is kind to strikers. However van Wolfswinkel has scored 43 goals whilst playing for the capital side, including a prolific run in the Europa League- not a bad feat for a struggling Lisbon side.

It was surprising when it was announced in March that van Wolfswinkel would be joining Norwich for the 2013-14 season. Although the Premiership is a mouth-watering challenge for any player, but with all due-respect, Norwich are not the most glamorous side and the signing of a rising continental star seemed like a real coup.

But does van Wolfswinkel have what it takes to make the grade in the Premiership?

The Dutchman is a natural striker, with great finishing ability on either foot and is able to pick out a spot on goal from within 25-yards from goal. He is also tall at 6ft 1” and has great heading ability and can quickly take a half-volley. His vision and awareness also mean he can create space for himself and make chances for a team, which he nearly always puts away.

van Wolfswinkel will be an immediate fixture on the Norwich team sheet, but then it is not really an impressive feat considering he faces competition from the forever-suspended Grant Holt, maverick striker Steve Morrison and Luciano Becchio, a striker better suited to a lower-league. 

Where RVW may struggle is his lack of pace. Often playing the role of a classic centre-forward, he relies on the skills of midfielders and wingers to provide a steady service, something which may be harder to come across at Norwich.

Time will tell how effective the Dutchman will prove to be for Norwich, but he is a good signing for the club. Norwich may need to buy another creative midfielder to provide adequate service, but it is a step in the right direction for the club. van Wolfswinkel has the skills and ability to be a star at Carrow Road, and push the canaries into the top-half of the table.


 Will Mata