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Monday, October 29, 2012
Roy Hodgson could do worse than look into Wes Hoolahan’s family tree when he visits Carrow Road later this month.
Frankly, if the Republic of Ireland cannot find a place for Hoolahan in their international set-up, Hodgson is hardly blessed with a plethora of technically-proficient midfielders who can take the ball in confined spaces and knit front to back as well as most in the Premier League.
Hoolahan right now looks to be at the peak of his powers. Yes, there will be the odd twist or turn too many. The odd occasion when not even Hoolahan’s escapology can extricate him from a posse of markers. But his sublime creative ability has been central to Norwich’s win over Arsenal and here again at Villa Park, to earn the point that was scant reward for their dominance.
Hoolahan produced for Michael Turner’s glancing equaliser and was also denied twice in one-on-one situations with the excellent Brad Guzan. Grant Holt will know he should have maintained his current productive ratio when Hoolahan slipped him through only for Guzan to again prove an immovable object during Norwich’s best second-half spell.
City’s prolonged bouts of possession more often than not had Hoolahan’s hand, or feet, all over them. His ability to retain the ball gets Norwich up the pitch and into dangerous parts of the opposition’s territory. Right now, he is the main man for Norwich.