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Who needs to adapt more: Ricky van Wolfswinkel or Norwich City?

PUBLISHED: 10:10 10 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:40 12 April 2013

Midfielders who can play Ricky van Wolfswinkel in on goal, rather than play off him, should help Norwich City get the most out of their new front man.

Midfielders who can play Ricky van Wolfswinkel in on goal, rather than play off him, should help Norwich City get the most out of their new front man.

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Well. the Dutchman's slight physique means he will experience rather more rough and tumble than in Portugal, where he was not always able to shake off the attentions of defenders.

In the Premier League, that problem will only get worse.

But it also seems hard to imagine City incorporating Van Wolfswinkel into their current style of play and it being successful, especially if he is handed the lone striker’s role.

While Sporting’s service from the wings often looks better than what City might be able to deliver, it’s where the service comes from that may be key.

The Canaries have struggled to get crosses in from close to the byline this season, often delivering from no further forward than the edge of the penalty box. That may need to change to ensure the balls into RVW are what he likes, and give him the best chance in front of goal.

It may be City look at playing a second striker alongside RVW, which would certainly give the impression of a greater attacking threat than City have held this term. Midfielders who can play RVW in on goal, rather than play off him, should also help City get the most out of their new front man.

Whether RVW is relying on some new faces to join him at Carrow Road next season to help deliver on some of this remains to be seen.

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