Yesterday, Norwich City announced the sale of former record signing Ricky Van Wolfswinkel to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.
Wolfswinkel joined Norwich back in 2013 for a club record fee believed to be in the region of £8.5 million. However, he failed to really make as much of an impact as he would have liked, only scoring twice in competitive matches (Source: Soccerbase).
That being said he was well received by fans, who despite a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal, was well supported and idolised by some.
So to non-Norwich fans, it may seem strange that he is getting this much attention, but for me a fan, him signing back in 2013, offered hope.
To see my team that I’ve experienced the rough with the smooth, go out and spend that sort of money on a player, let alone someone of his reputation before joining, which was quite good, was something that I hadn’t had the pleasure of experiencing.
Although it didn’t work out for both parties I think fans understand and appreciate the ambition that the club showed.
Here’re some of his Norwich City highlights:
Courtsey of WCRMovies
For some, closure on Wolfswinkel’s time at the club will come in the form of the announcement of a new striker. They are thought to be very close to adding to their 2 man senior strikeforce (Kyle Lafferty & Cameron Jerome), in the form of Fulham striker Ross McCormack.
We reported the other day that the Scottish international was poised to finally making the move to Norwich after numerous past transfer windows of speculation. Sky Sources are reporting that the latest offer is in the region of £10 million, although they also report that “Fulham will only accept offers in excess of £12 million”.
We will have to wait and see whether the Canaries can get a deal over the line.
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