Former Norwich City striker Iwan Roberts thinks the Championship club should have kept Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
The Dutchman has moved to French side Saint-Etienne on a season-long loan, having endured a miserable debut season in English football which yielded just one goal – on the opening day of 2013-14 – in 27 games as Norwich were relegated from the Premier League.
Prior to joining the Canaries, the 25-year-old had netted 35 times in 74 appearances for Portuguese outfit Sporting Lisbon and plundered 20 strikes in 37 matches for Utrecht in his native country, and Roberts – third in City’s all-time scoring charts with 97 goals between 1997 and 2004 – thinks the forward could have been useful in the second tier.
“I would have kept him for another year,” the ex-Wales international told BBC Radio Norfolk earlier today.
“I would have given him an opportunity to score a few goals. He’s probably more suited to Championship football.”
The 46-year-old, who also counts Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers among his former clubs, added: “You’ve got Gary Hooper and the two new boys (Lewis Grabban and Kyle Lafferty, who arrived at Carrow Road this summer from Bournemouth and Palermo respectively).
“If you add Wolfswinkel to that – even though he’s had a horrific season – and the way Neil wants to play, he might have thrived off that.”
Norwich conclude the first weekend of Championship action in 2014-15 on 10 August, when they travel to newly-promoted Wolves.