Monday, June 2, 2014
Manager Neil Adams has reiterated his desire to have Wes Hoolahan as part of Norwich City’s Championship promotion push next season.
Hoolahan’s future looks set to be the source of much debate, as it was during January, given his sporadic involvement last season and overtures from Aston Villa to lure the 32-year-old Irishman to Villa Park from former City boss Paul Lambert.
The forward played just 22 minutes of Adams’ five-game tenure at the end of last season – but the Norwich manager has high hopes for Hoolahan in the Championship next season.
“Wes is absolutely a player where everybody knows what I think of him, and it might sound a bit strange given that I didn’t really pick him apart from the Fulham game,” said Adams.
“I think you’ve got to look at the teams we’re coming up against in the Championship and the challenges we’ll be facing next season.
“Wes knows what I think of him. I want to keep him here. I think he’s a fantastic player. Similarly, I understand Wes had a bit of frustration around the transfer window time and it was difficult for him.
“Do I want to keep Wes Hoolahan here next season for a Championship challenge? Of course I do. I think he’s a fantastic player.”
Hoolahan enjoyed plenty of plaudits in action for the Republic in their 2-1 defeat to Turkey last weekend – and they face Italy at Craven Cottage today.
Meanwhile, City’s young guns will be hoping Adams’ appointment means a better chance of first-team action at Carrow Road next season – although Adams has pledged only those good enough will make the cut.
“It’s the old cliché,” he said.
“I know every single one of them at the academy now. All their strengths and all their weaknesses. I’ve got a big advantage in that respect, hence Jamar Loza being given his opportunity in the last game against Arsenal. I thought with his performance, that decision was vindicated.
“Of course the priority is winning games, and you pick 11 players you think will do that. Whatever age they are, if they’re good enough and the best men for the job, then they will play.”