Wes Hoolahan is top of the class for Norwich City boss Alex Neil
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Wes Hoolahan is Alex Neil's star pupil after the Irishman's majestic start to the Premier League season continued in a 3-1 romp against Bournemouth.
The Dubliner set up Cameron Jerome for the opener, then scored the second, to add to a growing tally that has seen him involved in five of City's eight top flight goals this season. New boy Matt Jarvis sealed the win over the Cherries, but Norwich boss Neil was purring over Hoolahan's impact.
'Fantastic,' he said. 'He is always going to have days when he might not have that much influence but when he does he is a joy to watch; not just with his goal, but he creates the other goal and he has been a fantastic little player for me since I have been here. His performance was terrific and he is a key member of my team. I like creative players. We have brought Robbie Brady and Matt Jarvis to the club, and Nathan Redmond has probably played his best football in the last six months, and Wes has been an absolute star for me since I have come here. Those players have a place in the team, provided they work hard for the group. They have to do the work-rate off the ball.'
Jarvis and Brady were decent support acts to Norwich's talisman.
'I said before the game Matt will give us a different dimension, with his pace and trickery,' said Neil. 'Robbie can push up and he has that quality delivery. Him and Jarvis were excellent down that left-hand side. I sat with them two for a lot of time and went through what their tasks were prior to this game. I believe we are getting to the stage where we showed how strong we can be if we perform to our maximum.'
Brady's form kept fit-again defender Martin Olsson on the bench from the start.
'It wasn't a difficult call,' said Neil. 'Robbie Brady has been playing well there, although I don't think he had his best game against Southampton but I thought he performed excellent here. I felt Martin wasn't quite ready to come back into the team.'