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One of the Premier League’s biggest flops of the modern era has just scored a Champions League goal

He may have one of the best names in football but Ricky van Wolfswinkel is something of a punchline in England

Let’s talk Premier League flops.

Afonso Alves, Andriy Shevchenko, and more recently Vincent Janssen, have all been labelled as the Premier League’s biggest flop in the past.

But another Dutch import also has a claim to that particular dishonour.

Hands up if you remember Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

That’s the fella

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That’s the fella

Norwich City signed the wonderfully-named forward from Sporting CP in 2013 and many thought the Canaries had bought themselves a gem.

Van Wolfswinkel had an impressive record in Portugal and had earned an international call-up to a Netheralnds squad then bursting with natural goalscorers.

But the Wolf found life in England miserable… and football impossible.

He’s repressed all memories of Norfolk

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He’s repressed all memories of Norfolk

He scored one solitary goal in 25 Premier League games before Norwich cut their losses and sold him to Vitesse.

Back on home soil he racked up 20 league games just to rub it in to Norfolk’s finest.

His form in the Eredivisie secured him a move to Basel during the most recent transfer window.

That brings us to present day where the 28-year-old is averaging a goal every game for the Swiss side.

Go on, Ricky!

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Go on, Ricky!

He upheld that record tonight by converting a penalty against Benfica in the Champions League as Basel cruised to a unexpected 5-0 win.

While this event may be unremarkable to many, for Premier League fans it’s a nostalgic miracle…

What a time to be alive.

Any Premier League clubs considering an offer in January? No? How odd…


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