Ricky van Wolfswinkel could make a surprise return to Norwich City from Real Betis in this transfer window, reports Spanish sports paper, AS.
I`ve had to try to use google translate on my iPhone, not easy with the whole copy/paste, tiny screen business going on, but the gist of the story seems to be that Ricky is not really being used, having played just 286 minutes since his arrival in late August, although he has scored two goals in that short time on the pitch.
Ricky scored the winning goal for Norwich in the 1-2 league Cup win at Rotherham before moving to Spain a few days later for his second loan in two seasons, having spent last term in France at Saint Etienne. Alex Neil has always complimented Ricky on his attitude and effort and it now sounds like he may be coming back to Norfolk.
It`s difficult to tell from the AS story any exact detail on the loan being cancelled and how that would work. Is there a mid-loan break? Have Betis asked to cancel the loan or have Norwich asked for him back? If you`ve got the time and aren`t messing about with sausage fingers on a phone, check it out and let us know.
Ricky is a big wage on the City payroll at a reported £40k per week and no doubt Betis were paying a decent percentage of that, although I doubt they were paying it all. Is something afoot at Norwich regarding strikers? Having just sold Gary Hooper and with Kyle Lafferty out of favour/likely to move on, is Alex Neil thinking Ricky may as well be his back up striker from the bench? I can`t see Ricky being able to play the lone striker (he`s never managed to do it before for us) but he could be an option for the last 20 minutes when we need another striker on the pitch and we`re chasing the game – something we often seem to be doing of late.
Standby for the RvW fan base giving it the whole “give him a chance” routine. I think those fans are supporting Lafferty at the moment, so will need a new hero if/when Laffs moves on.
There are many questions concerning Norwich City at the moment but I`m not sure that Ricky van Wolfswinkel is the answer to any of them?