As the 2013-14 English Premier League season gets underway, we take a look at one of the Dutch imports set to begin his English adventure.

van wolfsIn what may seem as a surprising decision, Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel embarks on his Premier League adventure with Norwich City. His debut will be at home against Everton and much will be expected of the new Norwich No.9.

Signing for a club record fee of around €10m, the deal was confirmed in January, and his arrival has been eagerly awaited in the county of Norfolk, as they look to find themselves a new hero after the departure of Grant Holt. Ricky it seems fits the bill perfectly, the 6 foot 1 inch frame seems perfectly suited to play as the lone striker, a role he was used to in 2 seasons in Portugal with Sporting Lisbon, scoring 14 goals in both seasons, and 25 and 20 goals respectively if you include European and domestic cup competitions.

Already breaking his goal-scoring duck for Norwich in the preseason friendly against Champions League qualifiers Real Sociedad, the future looks bright for the Dutch international. Asked in a recent interview why he choose Norwich as the club to win his highly sought after signature he revealed that Dutch legend, Johan Neeskens had urged him to join Norwich saying “Ricky, you have to go. It’s a great club for you, if you have a great feeling, do it”.

It seems both Ricky and the club are at the perfect point to make this transfer as Norwich are hoping to build on an 11th placed finish and have stated of high ambitions for the next 2 seasons. Ricky is looking to progress in his career and shine in such a high profile league, with a World Cup spot next year, one of his ambitions.

At 24 years old now seems the time to make the move and also being joined by fellow Dutch international Leroy Fer, all things seems to point to a bright future. Sure he will take time adjusting to the rigours of the new league, but I firmly believe he will be a great success.

Mark Neale (35 Posts)