Chris Hughton confirms Wes Hoolahan will be in Norwich City’s squad for Premier League trip to Everton

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton insists midfielder Wes Hoolahan will be in the squad for Saturday's Premier League trip to Everton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City boss Chris Hughton insists midfielder Wes Hoolahan will be in the squad for Saturday's Premier League trip to Everton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, January 9, 2014
3:12 PM

Wes Hoolahan will be in Chris Hughton’s Norwich City squad for the Premier League trip to Everton – but the Canaries’ chief refused to be drawn on whether the Irishman wants to leave Carrow Road.

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Hoolahan has been heavily linked with a switch to Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa, which prompted City’s chief executive David McNally to issue a statement on Wednesday reiterating the club had not received any transfer requests from any members of their squad.

Hughton underlined on Thursday lunchtime at Colney conversations on the Dubliner’s future will take place behind closed doors, but the 31-year-old is fit and available for selection for the trip to Goodison Park.

“Wes is here, he is training and he is fit so he is very much in my thoughts for Everton,” said Hughton. “I have been fairly consistent in the way we deal with things here at this football club. What will always happen is there will be enquiries for our players and we will make enquiries for other players. That is normal. The correct way for us is that they remain private conversations between the clubs. When there is, at any stage, anything to say about anybody, whether that is our player or not, we will make the announcement at the appropriate time.

“Wes is a player who first and foremost is under contract. Apart from the recent cup game he had played in the last two games. He is as important as every other player in this squad. What we are trying to achieve here is build the best squad we can to get us as high up the league as we can and to do that we know to keep hold of our good players and Wes is very much part of the squad at the moment.”

Hughton insisted he had not held talks with the midfielder since reports of Villa’s interest surfaced on the eve of last weekend’s FA Cup tie.

“No, I haven’t had to speak to him. We know in football there is always speculation,” he said. “Players are under contract and they must give their best at training and in games. If we spoke to every player who was linked to a club then we would have to have a lot of conversations. We expect players contracted to this club to act professionally.

“This week is about Wes, next week could be somebody else and somebody else the following week. We are consistent in what we say. Any conversations of that nature are private. Players under contract must know their responsibility is with their club. If that changes we will make you aware of that.”

Hoolahan, Bradley Johnson and Sebastien Bassong are all back in contention for the Toffees’ trip after missing the FA Cup 1-1 third round home draw against Fulham. Michael Turner (hamstring) and Jonny Howson (back) again miss out. Hughton also confirmed Alex Tettey and Anthony Pilkington have returned to light training in recent days and could be pushing for involvement ahead of Hull’s league visit to Carrow Road later this month.

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16 comments

  • Lol! So that awful injury that "needed specialist care away from Norwich on saturday" is magically better. Thank god! No doubt he will be on the bench of course as surely he won't be fully fit. Usually I could care less about stories in the paper but its Hughtons awful poker face that upsets me ;) I mean theres not even a mention of what this mysterious injury was? Come on Chris, atleast Worthy went to the extent of getting some X-Rays with Ashton. Hopefully we can all move on from this nonsense now and get some kind of result saturday. On a side note I blooming hope my seasonal visit to Villa Park ends in a NCFC win for a change. I want to beat Lambert more than anything even though I spend most my time telling people not to care what Lambert and Villa do lol!

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • oh dear, can't spell personally!

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • Benchio! Brilliant. Cant believe that's the first time I've heard that and not thought of that myself . Its so obvious and so simple. I'm actually annoyed I've never thought of that. Well done stew pydsodd

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    bonesy

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • See Wigan have put Holty up for sale.....could swap him for Elmander on loan I suppose!

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    tom the taxi

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • CH will not Guarantee Wes first team football so hes off to link up with PL. Not the fans fault just that Norwich are not an attacking Footy team anymore.

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    dave123

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • Dave 123 has hit the bullseye. I do not blame Wesley a single iota if he goes. Thanks for the memories - but do not keep a man who wants to skip the CH regime. I wish I could, but STH status means I'll be there when Hughton's long gone.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • It's total rubbish mossey so don't worry. Just the inept efforts of the Birmingham press in making a story. Afterall, there are a few in Birmingham who actually want Lambchops to remain as manager, therefore some are making every effort to distract away from Villa's dire performances and Lambchops F.A. Cup gaff. I'm sure if Hools had put in a request it would have been broadcast by now by our local media......Remember how quick it was when Holt wanted off?

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • …..Well done Chrissy!....If there is one thing a manager must be in control of.... it's making his own decisions!.....without outside interference..... Good to see that your medical staff have got Hoolahan fit again and he can be included in your Squad selection for Saturday.....I feel sure that Bunn, Benchio, Garido and Hoolahan are getting along fine together...proper little card school.... point out to RvWW , that he mustn't start to pick up bad habits!...Anyway Chris, here's wishing you good luck for Saturday, and if the lads stick to your game plan, we could come away with a decent result--although Everton are a much better team than us and have man for man much better players.... with your pre-match team talk, they will be up for it!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • Not that I actually think this move will ever happen, try look at it from Hoolahan's view. Now while hes had some great times with us (im a huge Hoolahan supporter btw) he isnt a NCFC fan as such. Does not look at the club like you and I etc the same way. Add the fact that Hughton does not have the first clue how to use technically gifted players & then the players age. What do we have? Highly suspect a player whose unhappy at his amount of game time. Further more I suspect we have a player concerned that if he continues to waste away under the current management he will end up seeing his contract out and ending up having to look much lower in terms of stature side and pay packet. There are con's though that i'm sure Wes is aware of. Mr Lambert despite being in a better placing than NCFC table-wise, is just as underfire as Hughton is by us. Would he up roots from somewhere hes settled but just not getting the games he needs only for Lambert to potentially get sacked a matter of games after he joins? I highly doubt the move will happen but can fully understand Wes mindset if he did infact genuinely want to move.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • .....and anyway mossey, if a club had offered £750k for me and I was a professional with Hools abilities I would take it as an insult!

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • WH surely must love our Norfolk rural idyll? Country pursuits, like dogs, fishing and horses. We should all remember that Lambo advised Wessi to pack his bags at first and just look at what he achieved the next 3 seasons. Then along came..... Roeder signed Wes, but dumped him. I honestly believe that, under Lambert, the sum of the parts was greater than the ... parts. Now the converse is the case, sadly. Even Gary Doherty and Chris Martin did OK under Lambo`s régime. We`ll just about survive, I think.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • it is only my opinion but if the players we have were allowed to play their natural game we wouldn't need to buy in

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    mossey

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • Wes looks about 3ft tall in that photo...or Johnny Heitinga is a giant

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    Frankie85

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • Wes looks about 3ft tall in that photo...or Johnny Heitinga is a giant

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    Frankie85

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • I do hope I'm wrong but the Birmingham press are reporting that Wes has handed in a transfer request

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    mossey

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • While I don't want to see Wes leave Carrow Road, if his mind is made up then it is better for everyone he does move on. Pedrsoanlly I am more concerned about who we might bring in during the transfer window.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

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