Wes Hoolahan gets help to carry the burden of being Norwich City’s creative spark

Johan Elmander is congratulated by Swedish international team mate Martin Olsson after his first Nor

Johan Elmander is congratulated by Swedish international team mate Martin Olsson after his first Norwich goal in the 6-3 Capital One Cup win over Bury. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Chris Hughton is confident he has plugged the creative gap in Norwich City's ranks.

Wes Hoolahan was the main link connecting the Canaries' midfield to a lone frontman for large swathes of Hughton's first season in Norfolk, but the club's summer recruitment policy now ensures the Irishman will not have to shoulder the burden all alone.

'Wes over the course of last season played very well and I think we all know within the system we use that is Wes' best position,' said Hughton. 'If you look at our midfielders we have different types and they will all be used over the course of the season. It is about getting the balances right. What is right for one game can be wrong for the next one and there are lots of different ways to play and when you get good results then you have picked the right team. Now we have Johan (Elmander), who can play as a deeper striker, (Gary) Hooper can also do that even though he is one who wants to get up and score. Jonny Howson is another.'

Elmander's two-goal shift against Bury with Hoolahan in a chief support role underlined the Swede's versatility.

'I thought he was excellent on the night,' said Hughton. 'Johan is a very good player and showed all his experience in the Bury game. That was part of the reason we brought him in because we felt he would have a general influence around the club. With new players it can take time to bed in, particularly younger players, and Johan will be very good that way. He's still very much involved on the international scene with Sweden so that tells you what a good player he is.'


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