Norwich City boss Neil Adams urges Ricky van Wolfswinkel to put a horrible season behind him

Norwich City boss Neil Adams is urging Ricky van Wolfswinkel to make the most of his French opportunity. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire Norwich City boss Neil Adams is urging Ricky van Wolfswinkel to make the most of his French opportunity. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Thursday, August 7, 2014
8:00 AM

Neil Adams believes Ricky van Wolfswinkel can reap the benefits from a fresh start after a ‘horrible’ spell at Norwich City.

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The Dutch international moved to French club St Etienne on a season-long loan earlier this week, with the Greens holding an option to buy the striker, in a deal that could eventually net City more than £7.25m if van Wolfswinkel gets back on the goal trail.

Adams recruited front pair Kyle Lafferty and Lewis Grabban over the summer and the City chief insists it was time for both parties to move on.

“I had a good chat with him at the end of last season, as I did with all the players, and Ricky by his own admission needed a move,” he said. “He had a horrible season for himself after a great start. Things just didn’t work out. He had the opportunity to go and join St Etienne and he has taken that and he goes with out best wishes. I hope he does really well.

“He has proved before he came here he can score goals. It didn’t happen here but he has another opportunity. With some players, leaving football clubs is part and parcel of the process but he is a really good lad and I mean that.”

Adams is confident he retains plenty of firepower at his disposal following van Wolfswinkel’s move and his decision to sanction a youth loan switch for Carlton Morris to League Two Oxford United.

“I think we’ll still be looking but with the strikers and midfielders we have here we are not a million miles from a really competitive squad,” said Adams. “I’m happy with what we’ve got in most departments in the team, but there is one area we need to strengthen.

“With Carlton we can get him back here anytime after the first month. There are players ahead of him so we felt we could let him go and get some experience.

“That is invaluable when you send young players to League One or League Two clubs. They might play and they might not do so well but what they will be is better for the experience. I know Carlton inside out, he was my striker in the FA Youth Cup side and he is ready now for men’s football and probably has been for the last six months. He’ll gain more from playing competitive men’s football on a weekly basis.”

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26 comments

  • It`s tea lady, Mattias. Ask Stew.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Oh do agree. Was being a little sarky to be fair. If he goes "oh yes I want to improve the defence"...a certain Mr Turner or Bennett may go "oh....(insert sad face image here)". Likewise any club with a defender we are interested in will hike the price up. Another reason he may be keeping quiet on what area hes looking to improve is because he doesn't want anyone else getting wind and stealing a target of ours. Of course he may be keeping quiet because there isnt actually anything to say but speaks volumes for me that today he says hes happy with strikers and midfield options but there is 'another' area we want to improve. Hardly going to be keeper so must be defence.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • The fact that he's being quiet about the defence might mean he's got a cunning plan. I mean, he's not going to go around saying 'we're desperate for central defenders' then go putting bids in for such players.

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    Mikado Kember

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Re. RVW. Proof will be in the pudding whether it was the set up or the player,we will soon know the answer, I know where my money will be.

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    goldie

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Holty said it himself and I repsect his opinion more than anyones. No striker would have flourished to score the goals fans expect in a hughton system. Just doesnt happen at Premier League level.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • HI Dubai Canary. Flying back from Dubai on Sunday - should be in time to watch the game on TV. You are correct about syndicated reports - article in 'Gulf Today' was pretty much as read previously.

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    Kent Anglian

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Yep, Mardler: RvW scored goals in both the Dutch and Portuguese leagues. OK not to Prem standard but we have seen in the past players step up a leag ue or two with great success. I think, therefore, the problem was twofold: our style of play under Hughton the Dreadful and his early season injury which left him short of match sharpness and as a result later in the season that affected his confidence.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Malaga Flier's comments right on the button re RVW. Good luck to him.As stated previously 'giraffe' balls from the back did not assist either of the principal strikers last season - they would have to have been 8ft tall.

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    mardler

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • I prefer Andrex, Brew.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Right on, Dubya. The EDP is the best paper in the world. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Wolves got a draw from Celta too ;) Cant read too much into friendlies it seems. Fingers crossed though Igno

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Kent, I am in Jo'burg flying back to Dubai tonight. What they write in the Dubai papers is just syndicated from the major news networks. If you want to know what is really happening, it's right here on these comments - right MB ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • That's enough van Wolfswinkel - Ed.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Good luck Ricky, hope you can rediscover your goal scoring touch again in France. Now lets hope we can bring in a PL quality RB & a CB and we should be set to go.

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Morning chaps, Can anyone enlighten me on this one?.....Norwich 2-2, Everton 1-3. Did we play Celta Vigo reserves, have the toffees imploded or have Vigo just had a majorly successful pre-season? Answers on a postcard to..... (Surely it's either one of the above, or, things are looking brighter by the minute.

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    Igno Rance

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • “I’m happy with what we’ve got in most departments in the team, but there is one area we need to strengthen."...Just say it...Defence!!! Defence!!! Defence!!!...no im not doing an impression of Chris Hughton, its defence we need to improve Neil. :) Pleasing that atleast the club are looking to improve that area as its been rather odd how quiet they've been. Neils always been upfront about adding in others areas but silent on defence. Doubt itll be before Wolves game though. More than likely a loan.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Kent Anglian, have you arranged to meet up with Dubya? I`m sure he`ll be pleased to see you, and he has a fine cellar of Special Reserve Pollyanna Potion he normally keeps for himself. He`ll share a bottle with you, I`m sure. It`ll be good news all round when we have a break from RvW stories, don`t you think? Give my regards to Dubya. OTBC!!! IAWT!!!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • I think the pressure is REALLY on Wolfswinkel now; until his move he could blame the set up, the service, the Manager, the ground staff - in fact anyone but himself. If NOW he doesn't score goals for the French - then who CAN he blame.I just do not think he has the character or confidence to be a success.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Indeed, Winger63. Much ado about nothing much. It`ll all go quiet while the fans are given the opportunity to forget all about it. It`ll only come back into the spotlight should the Club`s aspirations of damage limitation come to fruition. If RvW fires blanks in France, and his price whithers proportionately, then we`ll hear little more about it. NCFC`s Press Room in Rouen Rd. will ensure that (as far as they are capable). Let`s hope Ricky wows them in Ligue One, now let`s concentrate on Norwich City.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • I am currently in Dubai on a business trip and opening up the sports pages of 'Gulf Today' this morning I was greeted by the headline (four inch double column) 'Norwich flop Van Wolfswinkel loaned to Saint-Etienne'. Poor guy - now he has worldwide notoriety for not being good at his job. However, article was generally quite reasonable about him and St Etienne Manager was happy with his signing and complimentary about RVW.

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    Kent Anglian

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Good luck, Ricky. It was your misfortune to join us when we had a coaching team who had no idea how to utilise your abilities - nor anyone else's for that matter!

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • I hope that before too long the local media can move on from the (zzzzzz) RVW story. He's gone and we wish him well after being mis-handled by a bunch of defensive minded numpties. Looking forward to a fresh start and excited by NA's attitude. Agree that we need cover in central defence, possibly someone with a bit of C'ship experience to lean on a bit. NA seems to be giving himself options and a plan B and C if A isn't working. Happy days.

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    Winger63

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • "Peg", TK? We should recruit Holf Rarris, when he`s free. `Jake the Peg`... the original 3-footed player. That`s treble Robert. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • el dingo

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • I sincerely hope that One area that needs strengthening in Neil's eyes, is in fact central defence as we really do need at least one more central defender, preferably one who can use his left peg.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • "... my striker in the FA Youth Cup side ...". Is Neil going to be our sorcerer, with his ready-made band of apprentices? Is this the cunning plan? This could be the dawning of a new era. I seem to be having an outbreak of optimism. What did you put in that Eritrean Parsnip Pollyanna Potion, Dubya? I wish that pestilential pollpay poster would ... go away.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

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