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Hughton: Ricky's a team player

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton says there is more to Ricky van Wolfswinkel's game than just scoring goals.

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Chris Hughton poses with record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel

Chris Hughton poses with record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel

The Canaries signed the Holland striker for a club record £8.5m and are expected to further bolster their squad with a move for Birmingham's England U21 winger Nathan Redmond.

Norwich struggled for goals during the second half of last season and Hughton believes Van Wolfswinkel will give his side a cutting edge in the final third, but hopes will also contribute to other aspects of their play.

"We have brought Ricky in here for a particular reason, but he is a team player, first and foremost, that has a responsibility to the team to lead the line and ultimately score goals, but that comes with the territory," said Hughton.

"I don't believe with how tactical and the speed of the game nowadays that you can just be a goal scorer, first and foremost you have to be a team player."

Hughton added: "The responsibility Ricky has is a normal one for a football player, he wants to do well.

"If there is a pressure on any individual, the nature of those types of people is to welcome it and not shy away from it.

"You have to go out and cross that white line in front of thousands of people and there is always that responsibility, but that is what these players enjoy."

Van Wolfswinkel earned his second senior Dutch cap against Indonesia in June, and is confident he can make a quick transition from the Portuguese league to the hustle-and-bustle of the English top flight.

"I want to show from day one what I can do and I hope for a great season," he said.

"At the beginning, it will be new for the defenders who play against me, that will change after a while - but if they know how I play or if they don't know how I play, it will always be up to me to do well for the team.

"I know my qualities fit in the English league."

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