Chris Hughton - Wes Hoolahan can still have a Norwich City future
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Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan has to prove to Chris Hughton he wants to be part of Norwich City’s Premier League survival push.
The Irish midfielder failed to earn his move away from Carrow Road after the Canaries’ rejected both a transfer request and firm interest from Aston Villa. Hoolahan made it clear he felt his time was up with Norwich but Hughton insists the Dubliner can still have a role over the coming months.
Hughton opted not to include the 31-year-old in his squad for the weekend’s 2-1 Premier League defeat at Cardiff City, but the Canaries’ boss downplayed the prospect of a potential Football League loan move over coming weeks.
“At this moment he is very much a Norwich City player,” said Hughton. “Wes is contracted to the club. I expect him to knuckle down. Its not a question of anyone being disruptive - he wanted to go, it didn’t happen. The deadline has gone, but I want to stress that before the offer came in originally he had been involved over the Christmas period. Albeit perhaps he hasn’t had the run of games he would have liked earlier in the season. Wes is a good enough individual and he knows he has to get on with it.”
Hughton is confident there will be no hangover from a saga which dominated the past few weeks of the Canaries’ Premier League season.
“It is business as normal come Monday morning,” he said. “Everyone knows the facts with Wes. There was a bid and he did put in a transfer request. He is not the first who wanted to leave a football club and it then hasn’t happened. Players have to knuckle down and train and want to be involved and I expect Wes to be no different. We travelled down to Wales on Friday and all our concentration was on the game so I didn’t speak to him before the window closed. I will speak to him and treat him like I would all the other players. He is still with us and I will make sure I have good communications.”
Former Everton defender Joseph Yobo is poised for his first training session today after the club completed the formalities on a loan move from Turkish side Fenerbahce.
“He is an experienced player coming into the changing room. That gives everyone a lift and we look forward to welcoming him into the squad,” said Hughton. “I’m happy the window is closed and it is over. We now know what players we have got here and we will work as hard as we can with the group of players we have to get the results we need.”