Norwich signing Van Wolfswinkel not weighed down by record price-tag

Ricky van Wolfswinkel says he can handle expectations at Norwich City.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel says he can handle expectations at Norwich City.

The Canaries smashed their previous biggest fee to entice the £8.5m striker away from Sporting Lisbon, but handling the weight of expectation appears to come naturally for the confident 24-year-old.

He told the Pink 'Un: “It is actually something that is quite normal for me,” he said. “My first transfer and then my one to Portugal I was also seen as a big signing, but that is not something for me to worry about. I just have to focus on my game. The fee is something between the two clubs but of course it shows me that Norwich have a lot of confidence in me. If anything I see it more as a motivation.

“The coach (Chris Hughton) when I met him first made a good connection with me. That was the first thing. There was not really a lot to think about. I got a great impression.

“In Portugal I played every game of the season and 90 minutes in every game. We didn’t even have a second striker actually so you need to perform because all of the pressure to score the goals is on you. I did great so maybe I started to get used to it and I was really happy with the job I did there. I scored almost 50 goals in two years and I think I can be proud of that record.”

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