Van Wolfswinkel happy with move
Blackburn caretaker boss Gary Bowyer has called on the club’s
fans to get behind the team when they face Blackpool on Friday.
Bowyer, who begins his second spell in temporary charge this
season after the departure of Michael Appleton, insists the
supporters have a huge part to play between now and the end of the
“The main thing for the supporters is to back the team the way
they did against Burnley,” he told the club’s official website.
“They backed the side right until the death and with Dunny
scoring in injury-time was great for us and gave us the boost to go
into this game.
“With the experience from sampling that atmosphere we want to
appeal to the fans to come and cheer the football club and the
players on once again.
“Because when the fans are like that the players respond and
vice-versa. It is much needed.”
He also admitted three points against Paul Ince’s side are vital
if they are to distance themselves from the bottom three.
He added: “We’ve got to try and win the game and get the team
climbing up the league. You’ve always to be realistic and we have
to try and get some wins as quickly as possible.
“Hopefully we can the start climbing the table. It has been a
tough season and we want to finish it on a high now.”
The 24-year-old Holland international is set to join the
Canaries on July 1 from Sporting Lisbon in a four-year deal, the
transfer reported to be worth ?8million.
Chris Hughton’s men are slowly edging towards another season in
the Barclays Premier League, lying seven points clear of the drop
zone heading into the final eight games.
Van Wolfswinkel feels next season will see the Norfolk club
looking up towards a top-10 finish.
In an interview with Dutch magazine Voetbal International, Van
Wolfswinkel said: “The club is in the middle of the table and very
ambitious, this summer they will be debt free and will get on
“The plan is also to bring in an attacking midfielder and two
wide players this summer. With that, Norwich can look to play in
the top half of the table.”
Hughton, who tracked Van Wolfswinkel during the January transfer
window along with Celtic striker Gary Hooper, believes the 6ft 2ins
frontman can bring some much-needed goal power to his side, who
have often deployed captain Grant Holt as a lone striker this
Van Wolfswinkel is determined to repay that confidence next
“That a club would spend so much money, in these times, shows
their faith in me,” he said.
“I have been to Norwich to look around and spoken to the manager
and chief executive over their plans for the future.
“I don’t know much about Norwich, but the city and the club
surprised me – the stadium has 25,000 (capacity) and there are
5,000 fans on a waiting list for (season) tickets on top of that
which shows the status of the club.
“I had a good talk with the manager, Chris Hughton. He was very
specific about my qualities and wants to build a strong team around
him. That gives good trust.”
Van Wolfswinkel started his career with Vitesse Arnhem before
switching to FC Utrecht ahead of a ?4.5million transfer to Sporting
in 2011, where he netted 25 times last term and so far has 14 to
his name this season.
The Holland forward hopes his switch to England will help build
his international aims, having made his debut for the Oranje squad
in August 2010.
“That is always my aim,” he added.
“For me it is important to be in a team where I can play every
“I want to play as high as possible, but also in a team where
there is a lot of perspective – that is what Norwich City has, and
that is why I have signed there for four years.”
Norwich, with just one defeat in the last seven, head to Wigan
on Saturday looking to maintain their healthy cushion over the
fight for survival.
However, should the 18th-placed Latics pull off a victory, it
would reduce that advantage down to just four points, and with a
match still in hand on the sides above them.
Defender Russell Martin will be assessed having pulled out of
Scotland’s World Cup qualifier away to Serbia with a hamstring
Goalkeeper Mark Bunn, meanwhile, must serve a one-match
suspension following his controversial sending off in the 1-1 draw
at Sunderland before the international break.
With England international John Ruddy still recovering from a
thigh operation, Lee Camp is in line to start at the DW Stadium
against the FA Cup semi-finalists.
Midfielder Alex Tettey, meanwhile, could be available from his
lay-off with a knee problem.