Ricky van Wolfswinkel is finally back on the scoresheet.
Norwich City loanee Ricky van Wolfswinkel is finally back on the scoresheet.
He scored his first goal in 13 months, for Saint Etienne in a 1-1 draw with Bordeaux in a Thursday night Ligue 1 clash.
There were high hopes of the former Dutch international ahead of his switch to Carrow Road, and after netting on his Premier League debut against Everton, they remained so.
Then the goal drought began, and continued, and went on and on, lasting the entire season.
Van Wolfswinkel ended the season with one goal in 25 Premier League games and two FA Cup appearances.
When the Canaries were relegated the decision was made to loan him out, with Ligue 1 side Saint Etienne taking him on a season long loan deal.
He made his fifth appearance for Les Verts this week, scoring the side's opening goal against Bordeaux. It was not enough to earn the victory, with Liverpool loanee Tiago Ilori scoring an equaliser.
Van Wolfswinkel had four efforts on goal in the win, landing only one on target, but it was the one which mattered.
Part of his problem at Norwich was the way his confidence sapped after his lack of goals became an issue. Now he is back among the goals, he will hope to begin moving forward.
His career at Norwich may be over, but if he can regain a semblance of form, they may be able to generate a good amount of money in terms of a transfer fee for him at the end of the season.