It’s difficult for some January signings to hit the ground running

Yanic Wildschut endured a difficult return to his former club Wigan on Tuesday night. Picture: FOCUS

Yanic Wildschut endured a difficult return to his former club Wigan on Tuesday night. Picture: FOCUS IMAGES - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

First impressions count.

Whilst Mitchell Dijks has settled to Championship football with the kind of aplomb you would expect from a player schooled at Ajax, Yanic Wildschut has struggled to have the same impact.

It's only been two games yet, in the brutal world of social media, some supporters have already labelled the 25-year-old purchase from Wigan as a mistake.

Football is a game of opinions and we all make snap judgments on everything but perhaps those supporters already calling Wildschut an expensive error should be offered a little perspective. It is difficult for anyone, footballer or otherwise, to uproot yourself and your family to another part of the country.

The life of a footballer means that they are expected to produce their best no matter what's going on off the pitch but they are only human.

Most football clubs are excellent at helping new squad members adjust to their new surroundings but it is the player himself that has to come to terms with the pressure of delivering on the pitch. This can be especially difficult when signing in January and you aren't afforded the luxury of a settling in period away from the club.

Throw in the fact Wildschut has a £7m price tag over his head and it's a lot to take on mentally in a very short space of time.

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There have been a lot of City players that have taken some time to adjust to life at Carrow Road, even recently.

Ivo Pinto struggled to adapt to his new surroundings when he signed from Dynamo Zagreb in January 2016. His form early in his City career gave fans the chance to accuse the club of taking the cheap option after parting with £2.5m for a full-back expected to excel in the Premier League. Fast-forward just over the year and you will struggle to find too many supporters who wouldn't have Pinto as one of the first names on the City team-sheet.

It's worth remembering that Iwan Roberts took a season to settle in at Norwich before becoming one of the club's all-time greats.

So, to all those Wildschut doubters...give him a chance. Open your mind up to the possibility it might take more than two games to form a well-rounded opinion of him.