Hat-trick continues renaissance of former Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel at Vitesse Arnhem

Ricky van Wolfswinkel in action during his final Norwich City appearance, a 2-1 win at Rotherham in

Ricky van Wolfswinkel in action during his final Norwich City appearance, a 2-1 win at Rotherham in the League Cup at the start of the 2015/16 season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Lt - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The Ricky van Wolfswinkel renaissance has hit new heights in Holland as the former Norwich City striker scored a hat-trick for Vitesse Arnhem.

The £8.5million flop managed just two goals in 28 games during his three seasons with the Canaries, after failing to continue the prolific form he produced in Portugal with Sporting Lisbon.

The first of those came on his debut, in a 2-2 Premier League draw with Everton on the opening day of the 2013/14 season, and the second was a winner at Rotherham in the League Cup at the start of last season.

He was then sent out on loan to Spanish top-flight side Real Betis for the remainder of the campaign, before being sold to Arnhem in a deal reportedly worth around £500,000 to shift the big earner from City's wage bill as he entered the final year of his contract.

The 28-year-old has since rediscovered his scoring touch and 18 goals in 29 league games has lifted Vitesse to fifth place in the Eredivisie with four games remaining.

Great night for us! Another victory! Thanks to my teammates for helping me on my Hattrick. ?????? #hattricky

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That tally was given a boost on Saturday when the Holland international scored three goals in a 4-2 home win over Heerenveen.

Press play on the video above to see the former Canaries striker's hat-trick.

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