Norwich City’s club record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel completes St Etienne move

Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has joined St Etienne on loan with a view to a permanent move. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has joined St Etienne on loan with a view to a permanent move. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
8:58 PM

Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has sealed his season-long loan move to French top flight club St Etienne.

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The Canaries confirmed the move on Tuesday evening with the 25-year-old linking up with the Greens on a season-long loan deal, with an option to buy.

Van Wolfswinkel scored once on his Premier League debut against Everton in 27 appearances for Norwich following his move from Sporting Lisbon.

City chief Neil Adams, speaking to the club’s official site, praised van Wolfswinkel’s professionalism despite a tough season in England.

“I can’t speak highly enough about how professional Ricky has been even though he had a difficult first season at the club,” he said. “His attitude has been first class, and this move represents an opportunity for him to play regularly and get back to scoring goals in the way he has done in the past. We wish him the best of luck.”

Van Wolfswinkel, in his first interview with St Etienne’s official site, admitted he was desperate to push through his move after positive talks.

“I’m very happy; I really wanted to sign here,” he said. “Members of management, the coach, the people who work at the club have given me the feeling they want me to join Saint-Etienne. I was able to talk with the coach, it was a very good first impression and I look forward to working with him. The ASSE is one of the largest French clubs. Last year, the coach and the team have achieved very good results. To finish fourth in the championship of France is not easy. My goal is to work hard for the team and to be important for the club.“

Greens’ coach Christope Galtier confirmed van Wolfswinkel is still nursing the knee problem that forced him to miss City’s recent Italian tour but the Dutchman passed his medical with no long term concerns.

“Ricky was someone we followed and identified, but we did not have the ability to get a loan (in the past). He is a player that ASSE could not buy,” he said. “We had seen this player during the friendly match against Sporting Lisbon two seasons. When you told me about the possibility of obtaining a loan due to the relegation of Norwich in the English second division, there was very quickly good exchanges between us and his advisers.

“This is an interesting profile and a true scorer. We will facilitate his integration. Now he will have to be prepared on an athletic level since he started with a little delay due to a knee injury during a friendly match. All medical examinations show that everything is fine now. This is a boy who seems to be at ease quickly, I do not think there will be problems of integration or adaptation. He is a young player who has already travelled, which is fresh and sparkling.“

• Read Wednesday’s Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News for the full story on van Wolfswinkel’s French move and the financial figures behind the proposed deal.

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  • I cannot confirm or deny that Brew....course I can, not quite mattiasjohnson333 but close ;) Get on Twitter chap, my ugly mug isnt hard to spot, pictured playing at Carrow Road and usually 'tweeting' nonsense about NCFC...in 140 characters or less (so you may not be able to tell its me come to think of it!)

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • So you`re not MattiasJohnson333 who tweeted to Paddy`s parlour parlee in the EDP? Not more identity theft...

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Get rid of that Derman Husting creature, Archie.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • The thing is, Matt, sometimes less is more. Speaking as a virtual pal. RVW got little help. But he didn`t help himself. He needs to "man-up". His PR is quite good, though.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Agree on most part pal. Wasnt meant to come over as "fans who dont agree dont know what there talking about" style, as I truly hate that an been vocal on it in the past, as Brew knows but some of the comments were clueless by others. The lad frustrated me just as much as he did you buddy, but when ive sat down this summer and really thought about it, its not totally down to him. Like I mentioned, I still firmly believe Hughton wasnt totally in control of who he brought in. I warned people the day we appointed Hughton that fans would take to his style, but it can work as he proved previously. Sadly I was proved right but far more than I expected as fans not only didnt accept his style, but it didnt produce results either. Started off well enough in the first half of the first season but just snow balled out of control when he didnt move on in the summer and sign players that fitted his system. Im sure in time Hughton will turn up at another championship club and do really well. Especially if its a club not so much in the spotlight like NCFC were in the Prem and hes allowed to go out and sign players who fit his secure defensive system. NCFC was just the wrong club. We had a midfield and attack full of players some other clubs would have loved to have had. Redmond, Wes, Pilks, Howson, Fer, Hooper, RVW all linked with other PL clubs at one stage or another but they were all stuck trying to fit inside a system that really didnt benefit there key attributes. It appears Adams is attempting to get the best out of those attributes now and allowing players like Redmond, Wes etc...to embrace themselves.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Looks like we're all friends then. I also enjoy Matt's posts but didn't like the implication that people who disagree with him on a certain point don't understand football. I accept that my posts were a tiny bit petulant but you won't find any rudeness aimed at other posters in particular - just some of the sentiments that were being expressed about a player who has really frustrated me this season. I don't know if you saw my previous post about the games that we could have won this season if our attacking players had been on their mettle but I firmly believe we were let down on several occasions by a failure to take chances during periods in games when we were dominating. I also feel that if we had performed against a WBA side at home or taken our chances against Fulham away we would have survived. Thin margins in the PL and we weren't really much worse than several other sides. Boring I agree but Hughton's strategy almost paid off. Didn't enjoy last season but my feeling was that he almost ground it out. For the sake of entertainment it's perhaps better in the long run that he failed but his remit was to stay in the PL and he had his own way of trying to achieve that. I just don't think it is right to lay all the blame at his door. Anyway it's fun chewing it over but nothing can be done now so here's to an attacking, entertaining and ultimately successful season ahead.

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    SplatTheCat

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Thanks El Dingo. Im not convinced things would have been much different for RVW if Snodgrass wasnt here as we still had Pilks, Redmond etc cutting in crossing from the other side. Just doesn't suit players like RVW or Hooper. Hate bringing up Lambert but in his system we got away with lesser players scoring for fun simply because it didnt matter if Steve Morison for example missed a sitter, we would then create 4 more clear cut chances for him. We didnt even make the sitters for our lads last season. Easy for us fans to sit here and point all the clubs mistakes out though, just hope we've turned that corner with Adams now. Signs are certainly positive so far. Praying for an equally positive result this sunday!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Splat while I don't always agree with Matt his posts are invariably polite and interesting. One or two of yours recently have been neither. Hence my comment. When I read your response to Matt I understood but there is no edit facility on this site so I couldn't withdraw my comment. Who knows what rhymes with cat. Might even have been diplomat:)

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • I often wonder how RVW would have performed if Snodgrass had not been a NCFC player last season. Just a thought.

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    Letsby Avenue

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Appreciate the reply Splat. Wouldnt say im personally an apologist as like I mentioned I wouldnt have him in my starting xi an if hes going to sit around 4th or 5th choice on huge wages, its not smart business. You most certainly are correct regarding most sides playing 1 up top but there is different ways to go about playing 1 up top. The way Chris Hughton plays, RVW, Hooper etc...are never going to work which is why it still surprises me Hughton ever signed him. At Hughtons previous clubs he always played with a more traditional target man and in fairness his tactics work to an extent. For players like Hooper and RVW, they have to have consistent chances created in the box, plain and simple. They are the kind of players who will do sod all for 89 minutes but pop up and score that 1 chance if its created. That consistently never happened. It was always half chances, or crosses by players who cut in and naturally curl the ball towards the keeper. Just wasnt going to work. Like to just point out im not trying to defend RVW by saying hes a brilliant player. The club over hyped him to that level but in terms of money spent, clubs even of similar size to NCFC are spending far more than what we did on a proven goal scorer. Grant Holt said it all for me regarding his opinion on why no strikers would score on a regular basis in a Chris Hughton team. Hughtons tactics are always designed around grinding out wins. Being tight at the back, getting it to the strong tradiontal target man who holds it up and brings the midfield into play and you hopefully get a goal and win 1-0. Each to their own and it worked for him at other clubs but at NCFC he was lacking that vital element to make the tactic work, a target man. However bad we were, we did start off very tight at the back (thanks to a superb Bassong keeping it together! oh how things changed) but Holt, Morison etc...were not what Hughton required to make the tactic work. They became demotivated and of course all left, we made it through his first season (just) and then in the summer many touted us as doing the best transfer business. Im not convinced RVW was totally Hughtons decision. He couldnt be any less what he needed to make his defensive (but proven) tactics work. Im convinced Elmander on loan was a late 2nd choice after we failed to get the target man Hughton really wanted. Things snowballed and sadly those in power acted to late to stop it. I dont think RVW (or Hooper to be fair) totally fit what Neil Adams is wanting us to do this season so you cant blame him shipping Ricky out. Adams is looking more at a system that goes around Lafferty in my opinion. If its 2 up top it'll likely be Lafferty with the hard working, nippy Grabban off him. If its a target man system it'll be just Lafferty of course. Hooper and RVW appear to be on the outside at the minute and 1 of them was always going to go. No issue with that as Adams has to play players who fit the system he wants, unlike Hughton who tried to play players with a rep that didnt fit what he was trying to do. Apologies for the extra long waffle! Plays on my mind all this!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Sorry to burst your bubble Matt but you are not the only one who understands the game of football. Too often last season I saw RvW fail to attack crosses with purpose, fail to gamble and attack the near post, fail to control a ball to feet, fail to find a teammate with a simple pass, fail to display any body strength, fail to create any chances for himself and fail to take chances that he did have. Yes it was a defensive set up but considering that most Premier League teams played with one central striker last season he wasn't being asked to do something that should have been totally alien to him. We must also remember that we did create chances last year - it wasn't all hoofing it to the halfway line and zero chances - but we didn't take enough of them. I'm not saying Hughton was wonderful but I do think too many posters on here are letting the players off the hook by blaming everything on him. I desperately wanted RvW to succeed but as time wore on I realised that he just wasn't up to the PL. OK he didn't get a bucketload of chances but isn't that why you spend big money on top strikers - their chance conversion rate should be higher. Even in a poorly performing side I saw others with more desire and application. That is why I think he has turned out to be a terrible signing and I am dismayed by all the apologists on here. BTW el dingo if you have to resort to abuse then you have already lost the debate. Try to stick to reasoned argument there's a good chap.

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    SplatTheCat

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • I meant the response to Splat the Cat. Or something that rhymes with cat perhaps.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Well said Matt. And I ain't no sycophant.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Brew!! dont you dare go down the Mattias Jonson route!!! Side Note: My user name is actually thanks to Mattias Jonson! Many years ago even before we signed Jonson, while me and friends were skiing a Scandanavian chap in the hotel noticed me and my friends norwich shirts. When he saw my name on the back he asked which player it was and I explained it wasn't a player but my own name and he went waaaaay over the top because my name is basically Mattias Jonson in Swedish. The name stuck with friends who took great pleasure in calling me that, then we went and signed the real player and flopped making me look even more silly. In fairness I quite liked Jonson (im going to get destroyed again aint I?) but he was another player NCFC managed to play incorrectly and didnt see the best of. After playing nearly all his career as a striker on the left or right hand tip of a 4-3-3, worthy played him as an old school winger for a majority of the time with us, despite the fact he wasnt the best dribbler or the best crosser. Nobody could fault his commitment and he certainly wasnt scared to get stuck in. Remember being in Portsmouth in an electrical storm and Marc Edworthy got sent off immediately and Jonson had to cover right back. Did superb bless him! Anyway back on topic, Paddy's tweets last night make this loan move sound like it will be very good for NCFC should he do well so even more reasont to wish Ricky well.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • I noticed Cutty! Looking at some of the postings making it to the page, its likely not worth the time making a usual posting either. ;) Splat in terms of Hughton,this isnt a "if you backed hughton you aint a true fan" debate so please dont make it that. I likely was the first one calling for his head loooooong before it became the cool thing to do and everyone was doing. The point you miss, is im not the head of the RVW fan club. I wouldn't even have him in my personal NCFC xi right now. What I take point with is people ranting, raving and being abusive when a little understand of the simple logistics of football is all thats required. It doesn't matter if RVW is good or bad, end of the day no striker playing football can score the level of goals he was expected to score playing on his own, on the half way line dealing with hoofed clearances. Doesn't matter if its Alan Shearer, RVW, RVP or Adrian blooming Coote. They wont & wouldn't score playing in a side playing football how NCFC were last season. That 1 goal from 20 odd apperances will haunt him enough as its on his record now and some simplistic people may look at that rather than the bigger picture. Im sure he would have scored more if we consistently made more chances in the box, an likewise Hooper would have too as he faired no better than RVW in fairness. If RVW had been a NCFC player when Lambert was around and we were creating Morison, Holt, Jackson, Oli Johnson (etc you get the idea) chance after clear cut chance per game, you'd have seen a much different player. Fact was, he played in a side creating utterly nothing on a regular basis in the hope of getting a 0-0. Destroy me, ignore me, if you wish but its not rocket science. Thats why ive not ranted and raved at RVW because no matter whether I think hes good or bad, I cant moan at someone clearly being miss-used. If he was getting chances served up on a plate in the box as per his styles needs (same for Mr Innocent Gary Hooper!) and not scoring, my stance would be extremely different! OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • He got a raw deal. Good luck Ricky.

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    Pondlife

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • I was just trying to align `Mattias` with Johnson! Don`t go all `holy` on me Matt - I was only teasing. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Please Archie no more pieces on this subject. Warning Matt putting together one of your normal postings could be a waste this morning, the system gone crook again!

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    cutty

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • I guess you have to be a sycophant who ignores the evidence of your own eyes built up over a season to be considered a 'real' fan. This rule clearly doesn't apply to non-playing staff, however.

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    SplatTheCat

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Never blamed him. Dislike him as a player brew, and feel our woes last season wasnt helped by him consistently finding Mr Jarrold in row M, no secret there, but at the same time you may recall I actually said on here recently I think he will be a key player for us this season and I would bet a lot of money hes in the top 3 somewhere for POTS. Likewise RVW isnt someone i'd have in my starting line up, so im not exactly the leader of the RVW fan club. Just dislike the amount of mindless rubbish directed at him.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Glass houses & stones, Mattias... I hope you don`t blame Johnson.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Nice bit of Nederlands, BirdCage. Gefeliciteerd! Gek Brouwer.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • The comments RVW made on leaving, directed to the real NCFC fans were a touch of class. Good luck to him. Lets all move on now and focus on those who are here and get this side back up to the premier league. (you'll all have someone else to blame for everything that goes wrong soon enough, dont panic!).

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • I must congratulate Archant for the three photographs used in the RVW saga. An attacking header, a shot and a goal celebration. A rare collection indeed.

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    VictorM

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • I'm with you on this Lobbo. First is there a loan fee payable for this first year? I assume St.Etienne pay his wages until next year. Then what happens. Do they have to pay the transfer fee whatever the circumstances or can they opt out if he has another cr8p season.Presumably we can't get more if his market value increases.

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    VictorM

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • I don't get this option to buy for £4.5m. What happens if he has a prolific season and his stock value trebles?

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • It's a shame, really. Was hoping to see him help make amends. But once NA bought in Grabban and Lafferty, RVW time was up. I still think he's a quality striker who was mis-managed. A loan is a good option but would have preferred to see it without the option to buy, which means that St Etienne have control over where he plays next year as they decide if they want to keep him. A buy out of around £4m makes it an easier decision for them to make and push through if they do still want him.

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    CovCanary

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • RVW conundrum will be answered at the end of French season. Now what of Becchio? If he leaves it's down to four strikers. And does Hooper see himself competing with Grabban and Lafferty as first choice? Bottom line for me is we could still need a striker before the window closes and that could mean selling one of our "stars" to raise funds.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Sorry. I meant kenfoggo. My browser is accountable for that mistake and will be going shortly

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    midlandcanary

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Good comment Kendrick. One under achiever gone. CH the under achiever gone. When will the under achiever who brought in CH be going or does accountability not apply at board level?

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    midlandcanary

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Bird cage, can't you speak English

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    Derek McDonald

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Good, that's got rid of one underachiever brought in by Hughton, now get rid of Bassong.

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • I wish RVW all the best. I think he got a bad rub of the green last season and I feel with his professionalism, athleticism, skill and better service he'll score a bundle... But only time will tell. We he return if Norwich return the Premier League - My money is on "No"

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    kiwifruitloop

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • I still think a spell at Wroxham might have been good , but ho-hum , time to draw a line and move on . £ 8 million down the tube just goes to show what a top flight club we are , and as I said before it was only silly Prem money , easy come , easy go . the spondulicks will be falling out of French ASSE next season , rather than ours , so it's all good . And a hearty welcome to Mr O'Neal . That round thing is the ball , and you kick it at the goal defended by that other team , who have been helpfully clad in a different set of hysterically coloured lycra so you can tell the difference .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Well he had already proved himself as a goalscorer so it cannot be his fault that he didnt score for us.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Op de weg Meneer Ricki... Mijn Nederlands is slecht, naar dat is heel beeter dan jouw vootball bij Norwich City.... Veel plezier in Frankrijk en heeft uw en heil mooi tijd met jouw neiwe club...

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    TheBirdCage

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Yes good luck Ricky you poor maltreated little boy. Hope you have a lovely time spending all the wages that Norwich paid you for doing sod all. Still it wasn't your fault. It was all down to nasty old Chris Hughton.

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    SplatTheCat

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • I guess RVW has the option, if he gets back to his confident goal-scoring ways, of a place at a PL club next season if he wants it. Either way, the ball's in his court, so to speak, and I hope he does . I wonder if we have an emergency recall clause in place just in case??

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • I am happy about this but if he comes good, I wonder what the option to buy is? Would he really want to come back?

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Best outcome all round. RVW gets to play regular football and hopefully rediscover his form while we get the option at the end of the season of keeping him, if he's scored a shed load of goals or selling him on if not. Personally, I wish him all the best and would love him to prove all the sceptics wrong.

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    Flying Canary

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • For a player that cost us so much, and delivered so little, there is a lot of positive feeling on here for Ricky. He didn't get the service he was used to, or the style of play that suited him, and it was painful to watch his confidence drain away. I, like many others, hope it comes together for him away from the spotlight of our expectation - and he proves that last season was an unfortunate blip.

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Good luck. Hope you get supporting players around you and not a greedy hog so you can do what you have been used to doing previously (except at NCFC) score goals. Perhaps return to us rejuvenated in this role

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    Adelaide Canary

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Well who is going to turn the tree lights on this Christmas at Thorpe ?

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    yarco

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • thanks for costing us a shed load of cash and missing all but 1 of your chances, ok, service could have been better but you had plenty of chances to score more than 1 goal, the striker curse continues!!!!

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    dannyotbc

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Good luck Ricky! Take France by storm and come back to Nozza the confident and talented striker we bought and know you can be! Hopefully you will score a bundle for us next year in the Premiership! :)

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    CanaryDan

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • good lock Ricky, C H left you a shadow of how good you were ,wish you well in future

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    Joe Mckenzie

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Peter Watson

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Cecil good question but I hope he learns and improves this season. French league is not that bad. Just wondering how many rvw shirts we sold this time last year!

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • And if he does will we have him back?

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Regardless of our thoughts on rvw at least its done now and we can focus on those that remain. I hope he does well - that would be good for everyone. I see Standard qualified for Champions League tonight. Probably mean Cinem will stay. I see he managed another yellow card to add to his large collection.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • OK so that is sorted out. Hope RVW finds the net and has a good season !

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

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