Football - Hughton backing for van Wolfswinkel

Norwich manager Chris Hughton remains confident club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel will soon break his goal drought.

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The Dutchman - signed from Sporting Lisbon in an B£8.5million summer deal - has so far managed to score just once, and that was back on the opening day of the Barclays Premier League season.

Van Wolfswinkel, hampered by a foot injury earlier in the campaign, snatched at a couple of good opportunities during last weekend's 2-0 win over Sunderland at Carrow Road.

Nevertheless, Hughton, whose side head to Swansea on Saturday looking to pull further clear of the danger zone, has little concerns over the forward's long-term development.

"What you always want with a new player of course is for them to come in and hit the ground running, and some do. Others take a bit longer, or just need that little bit of fortune. You can have a player who has a difficult year one season and then the next time, everything is going right," said Hughton.

"Certainly with Ricky's situation, the fact he was out for three months with the injury did not help him with regards to coming from another league, and settling himself in this division.

"It is about confidence, and perhaps a real confident Ricky possibly would put those chances away last week.

"But first and foremost we want a work ethic from him by getting into those positions and making the runs, and he does continually do that.

"Ricky is a confident character, and what you don't see is him shying away from any situation, as long as he does that, he will be fine. (However), the moment I felt he was shying away from things, he would not be in consideration, but that has never been the case with Ricky.

"There is nobody who wants to score goals and do well as he does. He just has to continue to work hard and hopefully that bit of fortune will start to turn in his favour and he can push on from there.

"Certainly there is more to come from Ricky, yes."

One new arrival to England to hit the ground running is Swansea forward Wilfried Bony, who broke through the 20-goal barrier when scoring in the 2-2 draw at Arsenal on Tuesday night.

The Ivory Coast international joined Swansea from Vitesse Arnhem in a B£12million move and was a player on Hughton's radar as he planned his own summer improvements at Carrow Road.

"Bony is someone we were aware of and he has adjusted very well to this division," said Hughton.

"He ended up going to Swansea for a quite a large fee and at this particularly moment he is doing all he can to justify that figure.

"We were aware of the finances around that deal, as we were (with) lots of other players.

"When you have a scouting network and in particular a European scouting network, you would be surprised if we were not aware of the players doing well abroad."

Norwich are without an away Premier League victory on the road since beating West Brom in early December.

Hughton accepts that must change quickly to avoid heaping too much pressure on the remaining three fixtures in Norfolk.

"It is one we have to address," he said.

"You look at the better days on the road and Stoke and West Brom are the levels we need to get closer to.

"We need to start doing ourselves a favour to relieve some of that pressure on the home games."

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