Dutch double act ready to charm Norwich City supporters – on and off the pitch

Norwich City's new Dutch signings, Mitchell Dijks, left, and Yanic Wildschut. Picture: DENISE BRADLE

Norwich City's new Dutch signings, Mitchell Dijks, left, and Yanic Wildschut. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Norwich City supporters could be about to enjoy some Dutch delight, if the Canaries' newest double act get their way.

Deadline day signings Yanic Wildschut and Mitchel Dijks proved an entertaining duo when they met the media at Colney earlier today.

They may be imposing figures, with both standing comfortably over six-foot tall, but the new boys look set to charm City fans – in much the same way as the Portuguese pairing of Nelson Oliveira and Ivo Pinto.

Wildschut's arrival from Wigan, for around £7m, is slightly different to that of his compatriot though.

The 25-year-old winger has already been in England for over two years and knows the rigours of the Football League already, but Dijks is breaking new ground.


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The 23-year-old left-back had initially turned down a permanent move to City in hope of a top-flight move but was eventually persuaded to sign on loan for the remainder of the season by manager Alex Neil.

'I spoke with the gaffer here and he is a great guy, I had a good feeling,' Dijks began, before turning to his new left-sided partner to help with translation.

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Wildschut took over, saying: 'It was a big step for him, his first time abroad and he needed the time to see how it goes before he makes the move.

'He said the feeling was really good in the beginning but it was the same big decision that I took two-and-a-half years ago, so he's happy to be here and that's why he choose to come on loan and if everything goes well he would like to stay at the club.'

Dijks added: 'But I am also a family man, my mother, my sister, that's why at first here four months and then we'll see.'

Both said they were fit to face Cardiff tomorrow, before Wildschut used his knowledge of Dijks' game to tell City supporters what they can expect.

'Mitchell is strong, big, powerful and he is tall but he is good with his feet as well, that is a big reason that clubs like him, because he likes to go forward as well,' said Wildschut, who played with Dijks at Heerenveen during 2013-14.

'He can beat a man as well so he is hard to beat and he can beat his man as well, so I think it will be hard for opponents to deal with him.'

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