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Gary Hooper proving his Norwich City worth – after another difficult pre-season

05:20 17 December 2014

Gary Hooper sees positive signs from his burgeoning strike partnership with Cameron Jerome at Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Gary Hooper sees positive signs from his burgeoning strike partnership with Cameron Jerome at Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Gary Hooper’s early season frustrations this term have been nothing new to him – now the striker just wants to see Norwich City deliver this season’s goal.

The 26-year-old had to wait until the end of November for his first Championship start of the season, not helped by a pre-season calf injury.

But with two assists in Saturday’s romp against 10-man Huddersfield Town taking his tally to three – plus two goals – since his substitute appearance in the draw with Brighton on November 22, Hooper is starting to hit form and prove his worth.

“To be fair, it happened to me at Celtic as well in pre-season – same calf,” said Hooper. “It’s just bad luck isn’t it? But I’ve come back stronger. I think I’m playing well.

“It’s been hard. I had a big injury and then it was hard to get back in. We were winning a lot of games, so I had to get a my fitness back.

“You have got to be patient. You’ve just got to do it in training and when you’re playing for the Under-21s, it’s mainly for fitness. But it’s nice to play a bit of football.

“Then I got my chance, the gaffer put me on and I scored. Now I’m back in and starting with Cam (Jerome).”

It’s a strike partnership that is bearing fruit too – in terms of goals and assists, but more so their shared job for the team.

“I think me and Cam are linking up well, not just with the ball but the work rate is good,” he added. “One has got to sit in the hole as a midfielder. We both do it, keep swapping around and I think it’s working.”

January is fast approaching – which will almost certainly see Gary Hooper linked with a move back to the Premier League. However, Hooper insists he is solely fully focused on City’s promotion charge. “I want to get promoted,” he added. “There’s no point in playing if we don’t get promoted.”

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24 comments

  • in the nicest possible way jammy,may i point out that ,not only did you commit an error,,,but if hooper was on the field 70mins,4 goals and off for 25 mins inc et 1 goal,ergo you disproved your own post,,,, the team is better with him on ?there does seem to be a pervasive paradigm of diminished or absent acumen nestling somewhere ,nuff said

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    dis dressed

    Friday, December 19, 2014

  • Are there no limits as to how pathetic you want to make yourself look Jammy? Grow up and stop commenting about games that you didn't go to or know anything about. Every report that I have heard or read about GH has been positive yet you still say that he played badly. Nearly every thread that you post on results in you admitting that you've made a bad error. Try keeping quiet or making half sensible comments for a change and you might gain an ounce of respect. Currently you have Zero and have made yourself the site laughing stock. This isn't the school playground you know! Now run along or you will miss your tea. OTBC PS, What's a "signing light"? I haven't got the signature of a light in my Autograph book yet.

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    baguio

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

  • You know what is 450 though? 90x5 which is what GARY HOOPER HAS PLAYED THIS SEASON (if you count the league cup) WHICH I HAD INCLUDED you very bright signing light...

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    jaemae2 .

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

  • baguio,angeles calling,pls dont infer jammy is a moron,,,its an insult to us morons,remember 4x90 is 460,and 4 goals are actually two

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    dis dressed

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

  • We certainly can. How about you post some more to hammer it home. But of course only the really bright think that the only way to tell what's happening on the field is by being in the stadium... Of course things like where you live or your financial situation have no bearing on that... Once again, I know I say this a lot but that's kinda what you have to do with the especially thick, how very simple you are is hilarious...

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    jaemae2 .

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

  • Come on jammy, you can do better than that. We can all see who the moron is without you needing to make any more posts though! OTBC

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    baguio

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

  • What are you looking like after you make moronic posts DJ I wonder...

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    jaemae2 .

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

  • Dig dig dig Jammy - you're looking dafter with every posting.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

  • Which you would know if you actually went to the games. You would also know how well or badly the players were playing. Instead you spout on a load of garbage based on absolutely nothing. Try getting to a NCFC game and maybe your opinions might be worth something. Until then what you type is absolutely worthless and appears to be being typed by troublemaking silly little school boy. My reasoning being that if they don't actually know what they're taking about adults usually do a little research BEFORE posting. You're outed big time young man! LOL. OTBC

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    baguio

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

  • I'll call myself out on my mistake. Yes, He was on the field for 4 of the goals. That's my error.

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    jaemae2 .

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

  • I mean, lets just ignore that the team without Hooper on the field scored 3 goals in 35 minutes and only scored 2 with Hooper on the field in 55... Which indicates THE TEAM IS BETTER WITHOUT HOOPER ON THE FIELD.

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    jaemae2 .

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

  • You are hilariously simple. Amazingly so, really.

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    jaemae2 .

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

  • Says it all really. This character would change the formation despite us winning the last two games and scoring 5 in the last one. That would be a really intelligent, well thought out and easily justifiable decision that would make total sense surely? Even better being to drop the guy who set up two of the goals and was given MOTM by many NCFC supporters! OTBC

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    baguio

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

  • Personally, I'd play Jerome alone up top. I'm not a huge Cameron Jerome fan, but he's the best striker we have on this team. He's strong and can hold up the ball, and his athleticism would allow him to do well in that type of role. I agree Grabban and him don't make a good partnership. If you want to rotate Hooper and Grabban on the bench for a different look, then that might work. Grabban's isn't a great finisher but he actually gets himself in position for chances more than any of our other strikers. Hooper isn't a great finisher (at this level, Scotland is barely Conference Regional opposition, and some teams worse than that) and barely moves at all (unless it's dropping into midfield) that chances dry up. He DIDN'T ATTEMPT A SHOT ALL GAME AT WIGAN. Again, if he performs well in the upcoming games, I'll give him credit. Not worried about doing that.

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    jaemae2 .

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

  • Jaemae2, you've posted twice here with your clearly well thought out views on how bad Hooper is. If I were feeling immature and adolescent I'd probably say you think he's sooooooooooooo awful. Just as a matter of interest, who would YOU play in that role?

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    PaulWho

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

  • Well I want to see some of the form he was bought for ( the " Thirty Goals a season " bit he did at Celtic that these Spurtwriters led us all to expect when he signed ) When he starts averaging one-every-other-game I shall begin to believe ; - otherwise he is just another in a long , long , long line of mediocre players bought by NCFC down the decades that never lived up to the newspaper's puffs , one-goal-wonders . I dare say that it is never the player who over-lauds his own ability , but on the other hand you never see a headline saying " I'm no Pele says Higginbotham " either .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

  • Also On the "how many goals he creates" statement. The team has scored 4 goals in 3 games with him on the field. He's really creating soooo many.... The games have been 1-0, and 1-2, and then this last game against 10 men he was on the field for less than half the goals... We'll see what he does against actually good and full strength teams. If he shows well in them, I'll be quiet. I won't have to be worried about being quiet though...

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    jaemae2 .

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

  • Jammy, try reading Matt's assessment of Hooper to see how grown-ups discuss things. Whatever pathetic grudge you have against GH, your endless pointless witless postings simply make you look sadder than ever. I still think all our strikers have big roles to play this season.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

  • Again he's played well against Wigan (a team GUARANTEED to be relegated) and a 10 man Huddersfiedl... Hooray!!!!!! 1 goal in 3 games, truly "scoring for fun" and proving how "proven a goalscorer in this league he is"....

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    jaemae2 .

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

  • I admit, last season I was quite critical of Hooper. For me he simply wasn't mobile enough. While RVW took all the abuse he was quite simply, lazy in my opinion. You'd get little or no movement from him, with my only support to him being he didnt fit Hughtons 'lump it forward to an invisible target man' style. This season however we truly are seeing the real Hooper and while I wont go over board with the praise hes more than proving his worth. People miss how many goals hes helping to create. Even if he doesnt make the final pass to set up a goal hes still involved massively in the build up. Whether its pulling defenders out of position or simply being a thorne in their side it makes a huge difference! This wouldnt be possible though if we still had Hughton Lumping it forward. Yes we may be a bit cautious at times but when we do pass it forward via Tettey, O'Neil, Howson (Even Johnson when he finds a yellow shirt), we look so much more dangerous. People need to get over his 'Size' or should I say build. Hes not fat, hes not overweight. Hes always looked like this. Didnt stop him scoring for fun elsewhere. Too many people seem obsessed with how he looks rather than what hes doing on the pitch. People use to mock Grant Holt for his 'look', didnt stop him becoming a legend at NCFC.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

  • Baguio - would you like to see Grabban given another run up front ?

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

  • A very clever footballer for sure. Suddenly the defenders are getting pulled out of position and leaving gaps for midfielders to run in to. 3 assists in 4 games is not to be sniffed at! Very frustrating for us to have to wait this long to see him in action when we knew what he was capable of and particularly when he's been warming the bench for so long. If he was fit enough for the bench he should have been getting a lot more game time IMO. It wasn't as if we didn't need him after all! OTBC

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    baguio

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

  • I for one have always believed Hooper potentially to be our best striker along with Jerome. Having got over his injury, fought his way back to full fitness, we are I am sure about to see him blossom. He must be played with Jerome as they work well together. Hooper is very good without as well as with the ball. Watch his movement off the ball. He often moves into space to draw a defender and give another player room to operate effectively. Something we haven't seen enough of this season.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

  • I am sure Hooper will co0me good. On another note, Chris Martin was booked last night giving him 5 bookings so, I may be wrong but I think he gets a 1 match ban, which means he could miss Saturdays game, not a bad miss if this is so

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    Derek McDonald

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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