The Netherlands international did not have much service throughout the match but made the most of what he was given to deny the Spaniard a win in his first competitive game as Toffees boss, his goal ensuring shared spoils at Carrow Road in a 2-2 scoreline.
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"If you're a striker and you get very few chances and you take them, it speaks volumes about yourself," the former Wigan boss told the media. "Scoring on your debut for a new club as a striker is important.
"I thought his movement was very good but we kept him quiet for much of the match.
"But then, scoring that chance shows he has a good sense of being in the right place at the right time."
Van Wolfswinkel, who agreed a club-record transfer to Norwich in March, scored 20 goals in 41 appearances for Sporting last term.