Norwich City boss Chris Hughton expects no hangover from Wes Hoolahan transfer saga ahead of Aston Villa trip

Norwich City's Wes Hoolahan celebrates his assist for Michael Turner's equalising goal at Aston Villa in last season's 1-1 Premier League draw. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's Wes Hoolahan celebrates his assist for Michael Turner's equalising goal at Aston Villa in last season's 1-1 Premier League draw. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, March 1, 2014
5:00 PM

Chris Hughton has ruled out any lingering hangover from a January transfer saga that embroiled both Wes Hoolahan and Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa ahead of this weekend’s televised Premier League trip to Villa Park.

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Villa’s initial enquiry was rejected by City’s top brass along with a later transfer request from the Republic of Ireland international that prompted chief executive David McNally to insist there was never any real prospect of Hoolahan following his former boss to the Midlands.

“That will have no impact at all,” said Hughton. “To be fair to Wes he has trained ever so well. Sometimes that is what happens and we were fairly consistent right through the whole of that transfer window period. We said as soon as the window closed, everyone would have to get on with it. That was both clubs and more so Wes and he has been really good.”

Hoolahan and Russell Martin are the only survivors left from Lambert’s League One title-winning squad at Carrow Road in 2010, and Martin has also backed the Irishman to impress against his ex-mentor.

“It is a big one for all of us, not just Wes. Wes is his own man. He is a unique character and he will deal with all of that in his own way,” said Martin. “If he is asked to play he will be fine. He is a Norwich City player, simple as that. I know he will give everything. He has been training really, really well recently and I have been fortunate to be on his team rather than against him. If he plays and he is on song he will cause them some problems for sure.”

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