Van Wolfswinkel thinks he can adapt immediately to the Premier League.
Norwich City’s club record transfer Ricky Van Wolfswinkel is looking to emulate Swansea’s Michu and Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke following his £8.8m transfer from Sporting Lisbon, reports the club’s website.
Van Wolfswinkel was quite the coup for Norwich having been previously linked with Liverpool and the striker is hoping to hit the ground running in his first season in the Premier League.
“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,” the 24-year-old told canaries.co.uk.
“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.
“I really hope that I can play my game and stamp that on the Premier League. It’s a perfect move for me.”
Van Wolfswinkel could do a lot worse than trying to emulate Michu and Benteke during his first campaign at Carrow Road, with the pair scoring 18 and 19 league goals respectively during their debut seasons in 2012/13.
The Premier League can be an extremely difficult division for strikers to adapt to and some of the greatest goalscorers of recent times – most notably Andriy Shevchenko and Diego Forlan – have failed to shine in England.
Yet with the Dutchman’s confidence and experience of having played in both his native Netherlands and the Portuguese Primeira Liga, as well as in Europe, it could turn out to be a match made in heaven for Norwich and their new hit-man.