Let’s hope Yanic Wildschut settles better than the last Dutch left winger signed by Norwich City...
- Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2000
If I'm honest I don't know too much about the two new faces that arrived at Colney in the final hours of Tuesday's transfer window deadline.
However, I guess like everyone else I'll have a better idea about Mitchell Dijks and Yanic Wildschut after I've watched them both this weekend at the Cardiff City Stadium.
The club worked tirelessly to get left-back Dijks to sign on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent move in the summer and their perseverance paid off in the end after the 23-year-old had turned Norwich down after the club's initial inquiry. It was rumoured he wasn't too impressed with the club's training facilities... they weren't up to the standard he's been used to at Ajax.
Just for the record, even though I've not been up to Colney for a few years I've always been very impressed with the facilities since the very first time I looked around back on July 1, 1997. Over the years Colney has improved, maybe not to the standard of training facilities like Chelsea, Manchester City and the other big boys in the Premier League have, but nonetheless still very very good.
I've spoken to a few people about Wildschut since Tuesday night and they've all told me the same thing – 'he's rapid'!
However quick he is I was slightly surprised at the fee the club paid for him, but I guess in this day and age when Aston Villa paid £14m for Ross McCormack and £9m, which could eventually rise to £12m, for Scott Hogan it goes to show how crazy transfer fees are now and you have to pay top dollar to get the players you want.
Wildschut is a big unit, standing nearly 6ft 2ins, which is rather unusual for a winger. But that could be a big advantage for him and if he's worked with properly he could grab a few goals with his head when the ball comes in from the right-hand side. Looking at his goalscoring record this needs to get better as, for an attacking player, he doesn't score enough.
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I remember the last Dutch left winger the club signed – the one and only Raymond de Waard. Sadly it didn't quite work out to plan for big Raymond.I remember the day Bryan Hamilton called me into his office to tell me he'd signed this 6ft 3in winger from Holland who was the quickest thing he'd ever seen and was also one of the best crossers of the ball he'd witnessed. Bryan even went as far to say that Raymond was going to be the next Giggs. Little did I know he meant Rhodri and not Ryan!
The thing about Raymond was he was actually not bad in training – but when it came to games he couldn't quite cope with the pace and the physicality of the Championship and so he really struggled to make an impact in a Norwich shirt. Let's hope it's the opposite for Yanic.
I've seen Cardiff's last three games and even though they've won only one they were very unlucky to lose away to Brighton and Reading, and had it not been for three calamitous mistakes from on-loan keeper Allan McGregor they would have had more points to show for their efforts. They are playing well under Neil Warnock and have won their last three home games and have not conceded a goal in those three games so it's going to be a tough test for the lads, especially when you think the last time Norwich won away from home was on October 1 at Molineux.
The one thing you have to do against Warnock's team is match their work rate and their competitiveness. If you do that you've a chance. If you don't they steamroll right over you. But having won their last two games I get the feeling that the Canaries have really got the bit between their teeth.