Wes Hoolahan comes back in from the cold at Norwich City

Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan will be a key man for Neil Adams. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd. Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan will be a key man for Neil Adams. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd.

Monday, July 28, 2014
7:30 AM

Neil Adams insists Wes Hoolahan can ignite Norwich City’s Championship promotion push.

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Hoolahan’s days at Carrow Road looked numbered last season after a messy transfer window pursuit involving Aston Villa and a transfer request rejected by the club’s top brass.

The Republic of Ireland international was a peripheral figure over the second half of the campaign, but he has looked keen to impress in the opening pre-season skirmishes. Hoolahan was the stand out performer in Friday’s 1-1 friendly against SC Bastia before his early exit after a spat with the Corsicans’ Yannick Cahuzac.

“His application this summer has been excellent, even to the point of having to be taken off because he showed even in a game like that how much he wants to win. That is not a bad attitude to have,” said Adams. “He is happy. I have spoken to him numerous times, as you do to a player you want to keep and I make no bones about that. I want to keep Wes Hoolahan because I know what he can do. He is playing in a position that suits him, just off and in behind the strikers, but he is versatile. He can play other roles. If you can get the ball to him then he is intelligent and clever enough to get through teams.”

Adams opted not to bring Hoolahan back in from the cold during his brief five-game stint at the end of last season but the City boss was quick to put that selection dilemma in the context of striving to keep the club up.

“Everybody knows what I think of him and probably there are one or two people who were scratching their heads,” he said. “I came out and said what a good player and what a big fan of his I am and then I didn’t play him in the games. Probably if we had four different opponents to what we did have last season then Wes was probably the first name on my team sheet. Wes knows what I think of him. He is a fabulous player and we have seen that in the early pre-season games. On his day he is unplayable.”

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27 comments

  • in from the cold freezer

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • oh look on the bright side at least the article was not by David Freezer

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Lambo once described Wes as ovate. Now he`s progressed to ellipsoidal via peripheral. How very... tangential. Did Sitruc really mean Wes is our most "detrimental" player? Is he `avin` a laaarff? The spirit of Stanley Unwin is still with us...

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • With the Canaries now in the Championship, Wes has an important role to play. Depends on the opposition as to whether he is picked. Better he stay here than move one of the lesser PL teams. That includes Villa who may struggle this season. Had an unhappy time under Hughton last season but would not have been able to turn an under-performing team around on his own. Like the Murphy twins he can help turn the fortunes of the club around.

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    Capri

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Pleased Wes seems to have settled and agree with all the accolades. Don't get what NA is driving at with how he would have been first name on team sheet if the opponents for the last four games had been different (ie, not top four).

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • and saturn is an ellipsoid planet.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • cant wait for a total ellipse of the sun.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Totally agree with you Mad Brewer. I always thought Snodgrass was overrated. He was slow and predictable to a fault. Because Hughton stupidly played him on the right, he was always cutting inside onto his left foot, only to run into traffic. He made it worse for himself by being greedy and failing to release the ball. Always wanted to take everyone on and in the Premiership he was easy meat for defenders. His only brief cameo moments were from free-kicks, but even they were few and far between. Hoolahan on the other hand is a box of tricks, can see openings and opportunities and is clever enough to feed front men with the right ball at the right time. He also has the skill and ball control to take on opponents.I have every confidence Adams is going to get the best out of players by playing them in their best positions. His whole philosophy - playing to win rather than to avoid defeat - will be a refreshing change from the dire Hughton. Like others I am not saying he will be an instant success but I know at least he will be trying to give us goalmouth action and entertain us fans. We have to give him time and also understand that the Championship will be no cakewalk. There are numerous good and big clubs in this league, many with seasons of experience at this level. So overall while I am hoping for a successful season, I am a realist. However the one thing I feel sure we will get is commitment, passion and some good attacking displays. Adams has wide men who are quick and I am sure he will also have started to instil in the whole team a crisper, quicker, pass and movement game, especially when breaking from the back. Bring it on!

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    malaga flier

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • There is no doubt that Wes is an attacking player so he does not suit a defensive setup. He is best employed in a diamond behind an attacking pair of strikers but then there is no room for traditional wingers. However, he can also be used behind a single striker with wingers so we can all hope he gets far more game time this season. There will be games where he does not work but if we want to be at or near the top of the table he needs to feature.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • I get dizzy watching Wes, spinning round in one direction.

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    Piranha24

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Totally agree with you Mad Brewer. I always thought Snodgrass was overrated. He was slow and predictable to a fault. Because Hughton stupidly played him on the right, he was always cutting inside onto his left foot, only to run into traffic. He made it worse for himself by being greedy and failing to release the ball. Always wanted to take everyone on and in the Premiership he was easy meat for defenders. His only brief cameo moments were from free-kicks, but even they were few and far between. Hoolahan on the other hand is a box of tricks, can see openings and opportunities and is clever enough to feed front men with the right ball at the right time. He also has the skill and ball control to take on opponents.I have every confidence Adams is going to get the best out of players by playing them in their best positions. His whole philosophy - playing to win rather than to avoid defeat - will be a refreshing change from the dire Hughton. Like others I am not saying he will be an instant success but I know at least he will be trying to give us goalmouth action and entertain us fans. We have to give him time and also understand that the Championship will be no cakewalk. There are numerous good and big clubs in this league, many with seasons of experience at this level. So overall while I am hoping for a successful season, I am a realist. However the one thing I feel sure we will get is commitment, passion and some good attacking displays. Adams has wide men who are quick and I am sure he will also have started to instil in the whole team a crisper, quicker, pass and movement game, especially when breaking from the back. Bring it on!

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    malaga flier

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • I honestly believe Wes is our most detrimental player, how he was frozen out by Mr Hughton was the act of a mad man to say the least. When he plays it’s like the final piece of the puzzle, our game just seems to flow with Wes playing in his favourite position, I think we did extremely well to keep hold of him during the last window and personally wouldn’t have held a grudge had he gone because how he was being treated, it really was a joke. Even with the talent we have brought in Redmond, Fer etc I think the team should be built around Wes. As others have mentioned he is slightly to good for the Championship. I have no doubt he will be one of our players of the season this year. It begs the question as to what Mr Hughton was thinking not involving Wes last year, utterly crazy!

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    Sitruc

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Aw, LYB, I like my posts with lots of '!...' in them!...anyway on topic, I did try telling people not to write Hoolahan off. Whether you felt he was important, past it or dirty rotten so & so its always important to look at the bigger picture. Personally i've always been a big Hoolahan fan. Most of what we actually create comes through him doing something nobody else can in our squad and making something out of utterly nothing. To the hate squad, Yes I accept he 'can' be frustrating at times, my arguement has always been i'd rather us lose the ball through Wes trying to make something happen, than through Bradley Johnson hoofing it out of play when totally unmarked in his own half. There is always going to be fans that go over board with a media chinese whisper story and it pains me hearing the comments that come from some fans mouths. However big a fan I am of Wes, in the Premier League we had to accept there isnt room for a luxury player in a mid to lower half side. In the championship though he can be a great player to have. We've seen the proof that he can do it in that divison. This isn't to say he should be a guarenteed starter as there is some games where its just pointless to use him as he cant make the impact we know he can. Thats where Hoots went wrong in my opinion. He'd use Wes in the games where he was kicked, punched and pushed into oblivion (Palace away on that horrific pitch for example) and then didnt use him against weaker sides he could expose. I truly hope Wes is 'a big part' of this seasons efforts. Like fridays game, we look so much more dangerous when we get the ball to him.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • ....I've been looking for 'ellipses'!....Anybody got a few to spare

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • …..Can't understand what you are driving at Little Yellow Birdie!...Might I suggest that many things can happen in different ways, depending upon circumstances!....You try putting your brain to work when you are using a Stylus to type in a one fingered approach and using a tablet whilst sitting on the toilet!....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Oh! I get it LYB, you are suggesting that Mr. Pydsodd is a little dotty.

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    Igno Rance

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • I am SO glad to read all these reports about our little Magician -:)) He had a very tough time of it last year-:(( Everything is now rosy in WES'S garden<3 At last he has another Manager who BELIEVES in him-:)) He's also got one in his National Team too. Message for WES X Start practicing your goal celebrations WES-')

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    Mary Watson

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • What a waste of talent over the last few seasons .......... Hoots and Co well and truly fooked up everything Lambert built .......... cmon Neyul, bring back the glory days, OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Leave it out, LYB!... ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • This could be the year of the Wes! In fairness to "Houghton" he did play one `real` winger, Redmond, but probably on his weaker side and certainly not given the sort of coaching a young tyro needs. We can trust Neil to put that right, I should think. As is my wont, I tend to agree with Uncle Stew on Snodgrass. On balance, I think he took away more than he put in. Not a team player. Began the rapid disintegration of RvW`s confidence with `Penaltygate` - aided and abetted by a `manager` who was clearly in thrall to him. The "morale" (sic) of the story is - Teamwork! We can put those dire, dark days behind us now. Neil & Co have a massive task to retrieve success from the ruins left to them. We will have to be patient - it may not be a miracle cure. That is a `tough` League. Wes is a lot tougher than many give him credit for; he`s been known to put his head in where it hurts. I think he`s 32 now? He`s in his prime for his type of player, IMHO.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Stew!... You don't follow exclamation marks with ellipses!... When you do use ellipses!... Which is very rarely!... They're only supposed to contain three dots!... It kind of makes the sentence look like!... The person writing it is hysterical and somewhat chaotic!... See what I mean? ;-)

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Neil said, if it were 4 different opponents wes would have been played. Well Neil, Wes played at home v man u and was the man of the match and completely ran the show, so who knows what may have been the outcome had he played in our last 4 games! No worse than what did happen that's for sure!

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    JOROBIT

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • As Adams says, he is playing 'just off and in behind the strikers'. The plural 'strikers' gives us all heart. Forward (not back) to how it was last time were promoted from the Championship.

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    Surrey Canary

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • .....Glenn!...it could be that there is more to football than kicking a ball!....Football is a Team game where the strong protect the not so strong!.....Thanks to Mr Houghton the decent team he inherited was torn apart with his defensive ideas and the purchase of Snodgrass who was encouraged to be a one man army!....People like Wes were cast aside...Strikers and wingers became redundant and moral fell to Zero!....It appears that Adams is getting things back together again, but there are still apples in the dressing room that need to be removed!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Wes on his day is an outstanding talent, especially at unlocking defences to assist a goal or score himself. So why didn't he get more games last season when it was goals that let Norwich down!

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    Glenn

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Wes certainly adds that extra dimension to our attack force .......... more of a luxury in the Championship, but what a player to have in your side to unlock those defences that stand firm for 80 mins .......... another potential POTS .......... bring on the season, I can not wait, OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Extend his contract!

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    cutty

    Monday, July 28, 2014

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