Neil Adams tells Gary Hooper he has a key role to play at Norwich City next season

Gary Hooper fires in a shot against West Bromwich Albion last season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Gary Hooper fires in a shot against West Bromwich Albion last season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
5:11 PM

Gary Hooper has been told he has a key role to play in returning Norwich City to the Premier League at the first attempt.

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Speculation in the last 24 hours suggested Hooper had asked to leave Norwich following their top-flight relegation with Aston Villa and newly promoted Queens Park Rangers said to be interested. It was a list added to by Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

However, City boss Neil Adams has made it clear to the 26-year-old striker he has a big role to play at Carrow Road next season after a disappointing first year at the club.

“There’s been no transfer request from Gary Hooper,” confirmed Adams. “I spoke to him two days ago and told him he’s one of the players we need to keep. He can score goals, Gary Hooper can. He will be a big part of the squad, along with many, many others.

“So I understand – there’s bound to be this sort of speculation and rumour, and somebody can make a throwaway comment that suddenly becomes national news.

“But Gary Hooper has not handed in a transfer request and I’ve told him I need him here to hopefully be part of pushing this team back into the Premier League, and he was happy with that.”

Hooper scored eight times in 33 appearances and has two years left on the deal he signed for his £5.5m move from Celtic.

Adams vowed there will be “no stone unturned” in their search for new players as they aim to take the Championship by storm.

“There are no secrets – we aim to try to get back at the first attempt, and by doing that we’ve got to score goals and win games,” he added.

“I’ve looked at Leicester and Burnley, and I’ve analysed what they did last year, the amount of goals they scored and points they collected, and we have got to get back to doing that.”

24 comments

  • Illustrated One - have you seen Steely`s suggested session next Tue? Venues are prob Take5 and\or Tete du Roi cum Tardis. I thought Holt & Vaughan would`ve made a good partnership. The Big Beast and the little beast. Shame James has never fully gotten over his injury probs. It could be the way he plays. I bet it would take more than an in-grown toenail from Old Amsterdam to sideline him, though. Perhaps, in Winkel`s part of The Netherlands, Clogs are out, Pedicure is in. Epicure is more Hyacinth`s style. Sinecure for Paddy.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • While Dogsdangle isn't. Hooper's a stocky little beast.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Hooper`s physical enough.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Not saying your wrong but if RVW & Hooper are not strong enough for the 'physicality of the championship' (most over used phrase ive heard since relegation) why is McCormack, Grabban (Players I like by the way!) etc all up to it? Yes there is the odd Physically defensive side but people go over board basically saying the Premier League is full of exquisite defenders and the Championship is sunday league. If we play football the 'norwich city way' (another over used phrase) we wont have to worry about that as hopefully the ball will be on the deck, passed around and supplied to strikers like Hooper, RVW (who ever is up top) in an area where they are quality an justify the money spent on them.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • I think we need a couple of strikers brought in for sure...and what do we do with Becchio? He's proven in the Championship can he do a job from us, with the right service? I cannot see RvW handling the physicality of the Championship (we need to get rid and as much for him as possible)...it's important to keep Hooper and get him a couple of decent partners..I see we're looking at Lewis Grabbon and I think someone like Ross McCormack? OTBC

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    YarcoYella

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Needing committed players is important but getting the right mind set is key to. In the season we got promoted to the Premier League nobody gave us a chance of achieving it. The pressure wasnt on us and we had a squad full hungry players. Not a single big time charlie on massive wages thinking he is too good for Championship. That helped us get up into the Premier League so easily. Hopefully a fair few of the current squad still have that hunger and dont just assume we are better than we are and its a formality we will stroll back up 1st attempt. If sign people i'd prefer players like McCormack, Rhodes etc....who are proven at this level and desperate to test themselves at the higher level. With the right man-manager it worked before.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • What I think would be a good partnership would be hooper and Ross McCormack from our feeder club could be a good strike force otbc

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    pete22

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Didn't hear the Delia interview. Did she really say that Adams had an impossible task WITH NO STRIKERS??? Whose fault was that exactly? She and the rest of the board must have realised that in January so why not move then? Talk about proving you own incompetence.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • D.J.Framboise - I post lots of positive comments, you must just ignore those ones. My glass is permanently full as my butler has instructions to keep it that way! BUT, Hooper has already made noises that he thinks his future is away from Carrow Road, so I fully expect him to go if a Premiership opportunity arises. Plus, I would prefer all the team to be 100 per cent committed to the battle ahead. There are several who obviously are NOT and they should leave.

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    Brycland

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Everyone is talking about getting back to the prem. But we need to build a team that will stay there.

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    paddycanary

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Brycland, your glass always appears 34 empty. Have you ever posted anything positive on this site? Hooper got a lot of criticism last season but in the right system and with service he will deliver. Unfortunately he and RVW together doesn't work. Not sure who can provide the Hotlt style hold-up play to act as his foil. I hope that is on NA's shopping list.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Depends also on how Neil is aiming to play next season? If its anything similar to hughton it wont work because we require a target man. If hes planning on taking the game to opponents who are hopefully parking the bus against us 442 has potential with Hooper & Rhodes etc. Will he play 1 up top? Will he play like he did mostly with the youth team with 1 up top and two very attacking wingers\forwards either side? Will he play with someone in the hole like he did with Murphy in the youth side at times? Plenty of food for thought. If hes planning on going for it and attacking im assuming he will want to play Redmond and Snodgrass with a striker up top (whether its Hooper, Rhodes, who ever). Last year that didnt work because we were so deep under Hughton and naturally playing much better sides so we were under pressure. Hopefully this season under Adams we will be much further up the field for a lot of games, Redmond and co will have the shackles off and able to express themselves and heck, maybe the full backs will be given more freedom to push on as well and support. If this happens and we are playing the ball on the deck, we stand a much better chance at making the chances, hooper, rvw, rhodes (whoever) needs to score (unlike last season!).

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Somerset Yellow, I share your dream mate! It's not a complete impossibility though. If Rhodes doesn't receive any concrete offers from the PL, then maybe we could convince him to join our promotion push instead. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Hooper & Rhodes, what a strike force that would be. we can always dream

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    Somerset Yellow

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • To be fair Michael Bailey of the EDP may be onto something with his comments last night. Funny how Neil says he spoke to Hooper 2 days ago, then 24 hours later stories come out of Hooper to QPR etc. God I hate modern day football agents!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Obviously we've all got differing opinions on players and who we'd start if we were manager, but for me Gary Hooper is a man I want to keep. In fact I would build the attack around him and then bring in some sound forward-minded midfielders to give more opportunity for goals. Last season we played too deep and there was never going to be enough goals - now we can amend that issue. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Well, I for one would really like him to stay. Make no mistake - he's still got plenty of goals in him - just hope they happen while with us.

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    Cape Town Canary

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Unfortunately Hooper realises that his "key role" at Norwich next season may well be keeping the bench warm. He will leave if an offer comes from a Premier club.

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    Brycland

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • "Little YellowBirdie" The Rhodes story may be just paper talk, but can you imagine a striking pair of Rhodes and Hooper, in an attacking team. I'd pay good maney to watch that.

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    parkeg1

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • I think you could argue all day whether Hooper will ever be good enough at the top level, however I don't think anyone can suggest that he won't score goals (if played correctly) in the Championship. He's proved that in his career and if Chris Martin can do it... I do have sympathy if Hooper did say he wants out however. Even Delia stated in her recent radio interview that "Adams did an impossible job, taking on the top 4 without any strikers". This comment would have really annoyed me if I were Hooper, or even RvW. We have strikers, they were played badly and did not perform under Hughton as a result. We need Hooper next season - RvW on the other hand has a lot to prove in English football - at any level.

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    Crazy canary

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • So, Brewer, I just want to be clear here, which journalist is the liar?

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    PaulWho

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • LittleYellowBirdie it may be that Jordan Rhodes would be a replacement for RVW who may be considered too delicate for the championship and not our Gary. If we could hang on to Gary and have Jordan as well it would make a lot of sense as both are proven at this level. If only ....

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    Mart

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • I look forward to seeing him released onto goal with support rather than trapped in clueless defensive formation.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Sounds like we can cross the Jordan Rhodes rumour off the list then, which seemed unlikely to be fair. Very happy with this.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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