Van Wolfswinkel keen to make impact

first_img The 24-year-old, who was part of the Holland squad for their end-of-season friendlies in Asia, will officially complete an £8.5million switch from Sporting Lisbon on July 1. Van Wolfswinkel netted 15 goals last season, including a brace in his final appearance for Sporting, and the ex-Utrecht striker sees no reason why he cannot continue his progress at Carrow Road. “I have never really had that much trouble getting used to a new competition or new team so I hope I can do the same again,” he said on the club’s official website. Press Association “It was great to go to Portugal for my development and I am sure that I improved a lot over there in the two years. “During that time I of course played a few games against English clubs in the Europa League and scored against English teams, so I know what I have to do and I know what I can do in the Premier League. “I really hope that I can play my game and stamp that on the Premier League. It is a perfect move for me.” Although Norwich scored four against West Brom and then three in the win at Manchester City on the final day to pull clear of the relegation zone and finish a creditable 11th, manager Chris Hughton hopes the arrival of Van Wolfswinkel will add a much-needed cutting edge to his side’s attack – with just 41 goals in 38 league games last season. Hughton is expected to further strengthen the squad over the summer, when a decision is also expected to be made on whether veteran club captain Grant Holt will see out the remainder of his contract or move on. Sweden forward Ola Toivonen has been linked with a switch from PSV Eindhoven, as has England Under-21 winger Nathan Redmond from Hughton’s former club Birmingham. Blackburn defender Martin Olsson and Nigerian left-back Elderson are also reported to be on Norwich’s watch list as they prepare for a pre-season tour to the west coast of the United States. center_img New Norwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel is confident he can quickly stamp his mark on the Barclays Premier League next season.last_img read more

Wimbledon 2019: Rafael Nadal faces possible Roger Federer semifinal in difficult draw

first_imgNadal will start his tournament against qualifier Yuichi Sugita and could face another tricky test against Nick Kyrgios providing either avoids a first-round upset. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer could meet in the semifinals at Wimbledon after being placed in the same half of the draw.Federer was controversially seeded second ahead of Nadal, the 2019 French Open champion, despite the Spaniard being ranked second in the world ahead of the 20-time Grand Slam winner.  And with top-seeded Novak Djokovic in the same half of the draw as fourth seed Kevin Anderson — the man Djokovic beat in last year’s final — a blockbuster last-four clash between Nadal and Federer will be in the offing if both progress to the semis.For Nadal that is likely to be an especially challenging task. He faces a potential fourth-round meeting with 2017 finalist and 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic before a possible quarterfinal with Dominic Thiem, who pushed him to four sets in the Roland Garros showpiece. Related News American Coco Gauff, 15, makes Wimbledon history by earning main-draw spotcenter_img Wimbledon 2019: Roger Federer seeded over Rafael Nadal in controversial move A potential second round encounter…Nick Kyrgios vs Rafael Nadal#Wimbledon— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 28, 2019Federer, meanwhile, starts his quest for a ninth singles triumph at the All England Club against South Africa’s Lloyd Harris.World No. 1 Djokovic opens his defense against veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber, as he did in 2015 when the Serbian lifted the trophy.Djokovic may have to deal with the significant challenge of Stefanos Tsitsipas in the last eight, but of the big three it is Nadal who has the most difficult obstacles blocking his path to the final.last_img read more