Sheffield Wednesday boss tells Norwich City loanee Gary Hooper to be patient

Norwich City striker Gary Hooper is on loan at Sheffield Wednesday until the middle of January. Pict

Norwich City striker Gary Hooper is on loan at Sheffield Wednesday until the middle of January. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Gary Hooper needs more time to get to know his new team-mates, according to Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal.

The Canaries front-man has played just 10 minutes since joining the Owls on a three-month loan deal and spent Tuesday night's 0-0 draw with leaders Brighton on the bench.

But Carvalhal insists Hooper's chance will come.

'We brought the player in to help us and to play but he came in at a very difficult time, just after the Arsenal game,' said Carvalhal. 'Two days after we had a game, then another one three days later and he doesn't understand yet how we play and has hardly trained with his new team-mates.

'It is not a question of the player, it is that he hasn't got to know his colleagues yet, but the season is very long. The international break will be good to him and to us also and it will be a good period for him to adapt to the team.


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'Our strikers work very hard, know exactly what to do with and without the ball and it is not easy to put a player in who doesn't yet understand how we play. I am very happy he is here and that he will be available to us in the future.'

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