After winning a point with his second goal for the club, Ricky van Wolfswinkel has found his home in France.
Everybody just wants to be loved, and at Saint-Etienne’s Stade Geoffrey-Guichard, Ricky van Wolfswinkel may have found a place he can call home. The striker, on loan from Norwich City, scored his second goal of the season on Sunday as Les Verts came back to grab a point at home to AS Monaco.
It wasn’t the prettiest of games, but for the side that endured a tough fight against Inter Milan mid-week in the Europa League, it was a good point.
The away side took the lead through veteran midfielder Jeremy Toulalan. The former France international scored from distance after Sainté failed to clear the ball properly.
Christophe Galtier’s side levelled it up in the second-half, after Romain Hamouma broke into the box and unselfishly squared for Van Wolfswinkel. After the tough game on Thursday and a big test on Sunday, Galtier was happy with his side:
"Monaco were very good in the first half, but then we managed to remobilise. In the second half, we were creative and enterprising. Our equaliser is very much deserved. My players gave their all. In this sense, I have no complaints about them. This is a fair result. Each team scored when I had the chance. I am satisfied with this outcome. We did not lose the game and we had a lot of players missing."
When the Dutch striker found the back of the net there was a huge cheer from the Green Angels behind the goal. This was not just because they had found an equaliser against the side that finished second last season, but this was a home crowd wanting their striker to do well.
The 25-year-old is slowly finding his way. In six starts and 584 minutes of action, Van Wolfswinkel has not only scored twice, but he has provided two assists. Turkish teammate Mevlut Erding has lost his way and fitness in recent months, and if Saint-Etienne has any chance of finishing in the top three, they will need the Norwich City forward to keep finding the back of the net.