Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel is the real deal

Ricky van Wolfswinkel wants to be judged in more than goals after swapping Lisbon for Norwich City.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel wants to be judged in more than goals after swapping Lisbon for Norwich City. Picture: Simon Finlay. - Credit: Archant

Norwich City new boy Ricky van Wolfswinkel has urged the Canaries' support not to judge him purely on his goal output.

The Dutch international plundered 50 goals in a prolific two-year stint with Sporting Lisbon, but van Wolfswinkel will not be setting any personal goal targets for his new club.

'I am not the kind of guy to set myself a target. I just want to be important for the team as well as score goals,' he said. 'I am looking forward to it and I know I am ready. I will score goals everywhere I play. Last year I scored 15 goals for Sporting in the league - plus of course there were more goals in the Europa League which took me up to around 20, I think, while the year before I was up around 25 for the season.

'I was also getting a good share of opening goals and the crucial goals in games and they are important if you want to win matches. I was the main striker and I had to accept that responsibility, but every club of course hopes that their strikers will score goals. The manager has said I am a team player also, so it will not only be down to me. I will score goals and I will do my best but I am a team player. I will try to show my football skills and not only score goals.'

The likes of Christian Benteke and Michu took the Premier League by storm in their debut campaigns and the 24-year-old is determined to make his presence felt with the Canaries.


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'Of course I would love to have the same impact,' he said. 'Yes, they did great and I want to show from day one what I can do and I hope for a great season. I have never been a striker who gets low on confidence if I am not scoring, but it is always good to score – whether it starts in pre-season or not. I am not happy if I score and we lose 3-1, but win and I am happy. I know I will get my goals and be important for the team.

'At the beginning it will be new for the defenders who play against me. That will change after a while but if they know how I play or if they don't know how I play it will always be up to me to do well for the team. I know my qualities fit in the English league.'

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