Norwich City flop Ricky van Wolfswinkel is back on top in Holland
PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:04 01 May 2017
Ricky van Wolfswinkel scored twice to fire Vitesse Arnhem to the Dutch Cup, and end a 125-year trophy drought for his latest club.
Van Wolfswinkel is rapidly restoring his reputation as a prolific goalscorer following a wretched spell with the Canaries and capped a stellar season with a brace to sink AZ in the final on Sunday.
The 28-year-old took his tally for the current campagin to 20 goals to seal the cup and guarantee Vitesse a place in next season’s group stages of the Europa League.
The former Dutch international cashed in on hesitancy from Tim Krul to head Vitesse in front before turning Ron Vlaar to clinch the win in the 88th minute.
“There was a fair amount of pressure,” said Van Wolfswinkel. ‘Not many of us had played a final before and on top of that, we knew we’d won nothing in 125 years. The first half was pretty bad and at 1-0 it is still tense but when we get the second you know you are very close. 125 years nothing and now we have finally done it.”
The forward is back at Vitesse for a second spell. Van Wolfswinkel began his career in the Arnhem academy before big money moves to Sporting Lisbon and then a club-record Carrow Road switch in July 2013.
Van Wolfswinkel scored on his Premier League debut for the Canaries in an opening day 2-2 draw against Everton, but that was his only league goal before he was farmed out to St Etienne and Real Betis on season-long loan deals. City finally cut their losses on the Dutchman when Alex Neil sanctioned a permanent return to Holland for a nominal fee in July 2016.