Saturday 22 June 2013
Striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel believes that he has the ideal qualities to suit the English top-flight after moving from Sporting Lisbon to Norwich City, describing his transfer to Carrow Road as “the perfect move” and the Barclays Premier League as “the only competition I really wanted to play in”.
"I really hope that I can play my game and stamp that on the Premier League. It’s a perfect move for me"
Ricky van Wolfswinkel
The Dutch international, who will arrive in Norfolk over the next few weeks after putting pen to paper on a deal in March, is confident of making the grade in the Premier League once he has completed a pre-season programme.
“I’ve never really had that much trouble getting used to a new competition or new team so I hope I can do the same again,” he told the club’s website. “But you have to work hard of course, you have to bring your quality and add that to the team and we’ll see how it works out, but I have a really great feeling about it.
“I am really looking forward to meeting up with the team and playing my first game at Carrow Road. I really can’t wait.”
The 6ft 1in 24-year-old, who scored 14 goals in 30 Portuguese Liga appearances last season before signing a four-year contract that begins on 1 July, believes that after two seasons in Lisbon he is ready to make the transition to the Premier league.
“I think the Portuguese league is more in between the Dutch league and the Premier League,” said van Wolfswinkel, “I think I have made the steps smaller, it was great to go to Portugal for my development and I’m sure that I improved a lot over there in the two years.
“During that time I of course played a few games against English clubs in the Europa League and scored against English teams so I know what I have to do and I know what I can do in the Premier League. It is the only competition I really wanted to play in.
“They all say of course that it is more physical, but on the other hand I think I have the qualities and good movements to make it difficult for some defenders and I really hope that I can play my game and stamp that on the Premier League. It’s a perfect move for me.
“It’s a new step in my career, I’ve signed for Norwich because I really want to be there and for me I’m just counting down the days now and I really can’t wait for next month.”