I think it’s fair to say that the deal that will bring Ricky van Wolfswinkel to Carrow Road in the summer has shocked the football world. This tells us that Norwich has finally caught the respect of the world. He is clearly a very good player with an impressive goal-scoring record.
Some people might be surprised that some of the so-called bigger clubs haven’t secured this signature. But the Dutch striker will want to establish himself within the Premier League next season and to do that he must play games on a regular basis.
That is certainly something he will find in Norfolk and Chris Hughton will build his team around the player that could take the club to the next level. The reported £8.5m price tag is not a massive amount of money to pay for a proven goal-scorer.
And it’s fair to say that he is worth a fair bit more, but Sporting Lisbon’s ongoing financial crisis has allowed Hughton to secure a bit of a bargain. Nevertheless, let’s not forget that it wasn’t long ago that the club was playing its football in League One.
But the van Wolfswinkel deal shows that the club is now enjoying themselves among the elite of world football. Norwich has grown within the top-flight gradually that has brought them to this point, while others have splashed money around in a reckless fashion, just to remain in the league.
However, this does not feel like a reckless move by the club, but just a case of reaching a certain point when they are able to take the risk of the deal. I think we all understand that the player will likely do very well and will therefore see his value soar. Dutch players have typically done well in the Premier League before and that is a good sign. I think it’s also natural for the comparison to be made with Robin van Persie.