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‘Next stop, Europe’ – These Norwich fans were dreaming big after the announcement of disaster £10m signing

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It’s March 2013 – Norwich City had already secured their safety in the Premier League after an impressive season and were already drawing up transfer targets for next season.

They knew which areas needed strengthening – veteran striker Grant Holt finished their top goalscorer with just 8 goals that season, so perhaps a new, clinical finisher up front would be ideal for the Canaries going forward.

This is FLW Rewind, where we take a look back at a decision made by a certain club, take a look at the fans’ initial reaction, and then analyse what happened next – here, we’re going to take a look at the reaction when Norwich City signed Sporting Lisbon forward Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

The Dutchman arrived at Carrow Road with high expectations, arriving for a fee of around £10million after netting 28 times in 55 games for the Portuguese outfit.

Naturally, these fans were impressed by this big-money signing – van Wolfswinkel was tall, fast, and obviously had an eye of goal judging by his impressive record in Europe.

It speaks volumes when fans of Tottenham Hotspur were jealous about this move, and for £10million, it looked like Norwich had secured a gem of a signing.

This huge flow of optimism and positivity was short-lived, however. Van Wolfswinkel went on to be one of the biggest flops in the club’s history – the 29-year old netted two goals in 28 appearances for the Canaries, before a £500,000 move to Vitesse followed.

Now plying his trade in Switzerland for FC Basel, has netted 17 times in over 40 appearances – but he will always be remembered for his dismal time in Norfolk.


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: ‘Next stop, Europe’ – These Norwich fans were dreaming big after the announcement of disaster £10m signing

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