Ricky van Wolfswinkel says he has been assured by manager Chris Hughton that he will be Norwich City’s first-choice striker next season.
The 24-year-old forward, who scored 20 goals in 41 games for Sporting Lisbon last term, agreed to join the Premier League outfit in January for a club record fee of 8.5 million pounds.
The arrival of the Netherlands international will see him join Grant Holt and Luciano Becchio as strikers available to Hughton, who showed a preference to play one striker throughout last season.
And Van Wolfswinkel – who is insistent that his move to Norwich is not a step back – revealed that Hughton has told him he will be the club’s number one forward next term.
“Some people may see my transfer as a step back. But the Premier League is bigger than the Portuguese league,” Van Wolfswinkel said.
“Life is good in Portugal, but the football has to be on a certain level too. Sporting ended this season as seventh in the league.
“The club has not won prizes for many years. Sporting remains a big club, but especially because of its history.
“Norwich is a small club compared to Sporting, but also a friendly club with a beautiful stadium and good fans. That suits me.
“The manager said I will be his number one striker. I know I have to battle for it, but it’s always good to get the confidence.”
Van Wolfswinkel finished his Sporting Lisbon career with 42 goals in 86 matches in all competitions.