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Eighty One Per Cent Would Sell Wes Hoolahan

Eighty One Per Cent Would Sell Wes Hoolahan

The recent uproar around Aston Villa's interest in Wes Hoolahan, coupled with the player's own transfer request has been a massive talking point among Norwich fans for several weeks now.

But would we, as the fans, actually want to keep the little Irish wizard?

Well, it seems that the readers of Vital Norwich would let him go.

We've been running a poll on the site for the last few days with the following question:

Would you sell Wes Hoolahan?

The answer options were as follows:

Yes - 40%

No - 19%

Yes, but not to Aston Villa - 41%

So, it seems pretty clear with 81% willing to let him go and 41% not wanting to sell him to Villa.

We all know that Wes is the most skilful player at the club, but if you're not going to play him, what's the point of forcing him to stay?

As I wrote the other day, I think the similarities are there with what Juan Mata has been going through at Chelsea. He's a great player but just doesn't fit into his manager's system and it's the same with Wes.

Both Hughton and Mourinho prefer strong, athletic midfield players who can also pass the ball, for example Leroy Fer and Nemanja Matic - have you seen the size of the new Chelsea signing? He's a big lad.

There is a trend in modern football for these types of players and Jermain Defoe, although obviously playing a different position, suffered under AVB because his manager wanted a bigger man in his position because he wanted to play a lone striker. Even when AVB had gone, the first thing Tim Sherwood did was to recall Emanuel Adebayor.

It depends what fee is being offered. £750k is a joke of an offer, but with Wes being 32 now, £2-3m seems a bit more realistic. I'm one of those who would let him go but not to Villa - or any other direct rival either.

Chelsea are selling Mata when they have played Man United and have taken 4 points from them. He will not be able to help United take points directly from Mourinho's men but he'll be able to perhaps damage other title contenders chances and it's clear with the number of points between them, that United are not rivalling Chelsea for the title this year.

I fancy that Mourinho wouldn't sanction the sale if his side still had to play United and United were in Arsenal's current league position.

So, coming back to Wes, the situation is not unlike that with Mata but we still have to go to Villa Park and if Hoolahan had a stormer and kept The Villains up and we went down as a direct result then Hughton and McNally would be vilified.

So what to do? It all depends on the offer and who it's from in my opinion. The reality is that only teams in the bottom half of the Premier League would be looking at him and it depends on whether or not David McNally considers the offer to be from a direct rival and according to Mick Dennis, that is the case with Villa - I agree with that, we are in the same boat as them, both fighting to stay up as are nine other teams in this season's Premier League.

This is not a Villa bashing article, I'm just trying to offer a little perspective on the whole thing rather than a blanket 'Don't sell to Villa!'

Like many, I actually don't really dislike Villa and can understand why they moved for Lambert at that time. The way Lambert handled himself was the problem at our end and the City board know more about what he said at the time than I ever will. David McNally repeated last week that Lambert 'walked out' on us and if I was in his shoes, I'm sure I'd feel the same. It's clearly personal between those two men and that my friends, is life. It happens.

If you fall out badly with someone you used to trust then why would you help him out?

Sorry, too much Lambert/Villa stuff.

Anyway that's my opinion on Wes, what's yours?


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:The Tuckster
Date:Saturday January 25 2014
Time: 8:23AM


lol, that is a bit ridiculous, if you want to sell him, sell him. Not that I'm bothered if we get him or not but nevertheless!
The Fear
25/01/2014 10:02:00
This popped up on my Villa NewsNow feed. This 'rivalry' is embarrassing to be honest.
25/01/2014 10:37:00
It is all a bit pathetic. I suppose the only reason why I may still be a bit anti PL is down to the replacement manager being the completely wrong type of manager and getting everything wrong for past 18 months. Having said that PL unlike Sir Alex did not select his successor !!! I am one of the 19 % who does not want to sell Wes. I agree that you should not stand in the way of a player who wants to leave, especially if not being selected to play very often BUT I am looking deeper than straight forward straw poll voting stats. If we had a good, forward thinking attack like manager Wes would not want to leave as he would be part of the team. The fact that he is handing in a transfer request and not really looking to better himself as will only go to another bottom 10 club is unusual as generally players handing in requests are at a club desperate to keep them and play them with the player looking to go to a club in a much better position. The sit u a chun is crazy and all points to Hopeless Hugh having to go and Wes staying.
25/01/2014 10:50:00
Most of the Premier League clubs are rivals, as there are 11 teams separated by 6 points. If sold, it will virtually have to be to a 'rival'. Selling not to Villa is obviously down to dislike at Board/managerial level, nothing to do with being rivals. I would like Hoolahan at VP. Type of player we want and the age doesn't worry me. We have two outstanding youngsters out on loan ATM (Grealish/Carruthers) who I believe can take on that mantle in a couple of years time. Hope we do get Wes, but certainly not devastated if we don't. This silly Boardroom acrimony can't go on forever. Make decisions on football matters not on schoolboy squabbles
25/01/2014 11:05:00
Agreed but as I indicated my grievance is with Hopeless Hugh and causing the reason for Wes wanting to leave. I still live in hope that he will be fired before the end of the window and Wes will elect to stay to work with a better manager who actually wants a Nr 10 at the club and not 5 defensive midfielders / track back wingers in team every week.
25/01/2014 11:13:00
Wes is a good player but he falls short to be a premier league player in his position. Not enough assists or goals and leaves a team more defensively vulnerable. At his age he's not a player you build your team around, you have to look more long term which is why Fer, Redmond, RVW etc... were brought in. I'd sell him if a decent offer come in and we bought cover. I don't see him being in any top flight starting 11 so he'd just switch one bench for another. Championship is his best option to start regularly.
James Dougall
26/01/2014 01:59:00
I agree with James Dougal. Wes is not the player he was and in the modern game he is too light weight to be consistently influential. That may sound unpopular but it is the way sport is going in general. Cross codes into rugby union and the average winger is now heavier than a second row forward would have been ten years ago. Players (in either code) are now scientifically augmented like a fine tuned F1 engine. The day of the mercurial player is now gone. There frankly is little room for Wes anywhere in premiership so Villas interest seems strange. I fancy mind games is the leading item on the agenda. As to what to do..... I'm sorry Wes we don't have the strength in depth to let you go in this window but put your house on the market as you can go in the summer.
26/01/2014 03:17:00
If you are going down this route and copying everybody else ( which I do not agree with as there is still room for individuality in this bland world ) then get a replacement of better and younger quality. I would imagine there are very few Nr 10 's with the skills of a crook, strength of a CB and speed of a winger. The few there are ( Ya Ya Toure ) would cost a fortune and only want to play for top teams so we need to think with a bit of imagination. Personally I would rather see Wes play and lose the ball trying a great pass than a Johnson type player who cannot pass or shoot.
26/01/2014 10:19:00
Hopefully we can do a deal to send Paul Lambert back and all make friends again!!!!
The Fear
26/01/2014 10:35:00
and you can have the football world respected Hughton
26/01/2014 10:55:00
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