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Wesley Hoolahan | Midfielder | #14

Team: Norwich City
Age / DOB:  (36) / 5/20/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'6" / 157

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Wes Hoolahan scored the opener for Ireland just after the start of the second half but the Republic couldn't hold on for three points.
"The Irish Messi" Wes Hoolahan put his side up 1-0 in the 48th minute but they couldn't hold the lead. It was a Ciaran Clark own goal from a Zlatan Ibrahimovic cross that ended up leveling the tie. If Clark hadn't intervened, Seb Larsson was just behind him waiting to score for the Swedes. With Italy facing Belgium in the other opening round match, both Ireland and Sweden failed to pick up critical points that they'll need to compete with the heavyweights. Mon, Jun 13, 2016 01:59:00 PM

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Norwich City manager Alex Neil confirmed that Wes Hoolahan and Sebastien Bassong are facing fitness tests ahead of Tuesday's match against Chelsea.

Said the manager: "We'll see how both of them respond to doing a bit of training and then we can make a decision from there. The rest of the players will be fine. They put a lot of energy and effort into the Leicester game but we've got two important matches coming up." Hoolahan and Bassong each missed Saturday's gutsy performance in a 1-0 loss to Leicester City due to knocks but are set to return by the weekend at the latest. Neil also confirmed that defender Andre Wisdom will continue to miss time due to a knee injury and will not be available.
Mon, Feb 29, 2016 12:44:00 PM

Wes Hoolahan returned to the Starting XI for Norwich City and scored an equalizer to help the Canaries earn a 1-1 draw with Everton.

Norwich haven't shown much in attack all season but Hoolahan has been vital in their attack nonetheless and his return came at a good time. After conceding the opener to the Toffee's red-hot Romelu Lukaku, the Canaries did well to stave off additional Everton goals in the first half. Then, two minutes into the second frame, a corner kick was headed by Ryan Bennett onto goal. The ball was stopped but could not be cleared off the line before Hoolahan crammed it in. Norwich's defense then began to improve and the two sides played evenly with neither finding a winner the rest of the way.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 09:49:00 AM

Norwich City will have midfield playmaker Wes Hoolahan back from injury, barring a late setback, after he missed the loss to Watford in Week 15 with a knee problem.

Manager Alex Neil confirmed the Irish international will be available for selection after coming through training without any adverse effects: "He had a problem behind his knee. We got a scan on it and it didn't make good reading, however his feeling about his knee wasn't as bad as the scan suggested. We've cranked it up as the week developed, and there's been no reaction to it." Whether he starts remains the question as Jonathan Howson and Nathan Redmond are both battling for playing time as attacking midfielders. Neil also said that Matt Jarvis is back to light training as he recovers from a knee injury.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 10:42:00 AM

Norwich manager Alex Neil remains cautiously optimistic that Wes Hoolahan will be available for this weekends’ early kick-off against Everton.

The absence of Hoolahan from the starting eleven at Watford came as no surprise on Saturday. Only three of the 33-year-olds ten starts have been away from Carrow Road and rotating the Irishman with Nathan Redmond [6 of his nine starts on the road] has been a favourite of Alex Neil this season. However, Hoolahan was a surprise omission from the match-day 18 despite the Canaries’ boss declaring that only Matt Jarvis [knee ligament] would miss out. But, following the defeat at Vicarage Road, Neil confirmed. "We didn’t want to say anything too much pre-match to give the opposition an advantage." Hoolahan has "a problem just behind the back of his knee" which he picked up against Arsenal. Although a scan proved inconclusive, an initial assessment was positive and a return on Saturday is "looking more promising."
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 05:49:00 AM

Norwich City manager Alex Neil confirmed midfielder Wes Hoolahan is fit for the weekend after sustaining a minor heel injury in Week 8.

The knock affected Hoolahan's participation for Ireland during the international break, but Neil said he has not shown any signs of slowing down in training. "What happened was the game at home against Leicester when he came off in the first half we assessed him and he had a knock at the back of his heel but it was literally a kick, some swelling at the back of his heel. It settled down and he managed to play for Ireland and trained with us this morning."
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 12:05:00 PM

Wes Hoolahan again proved there is life after 30 in the battle of the promoted teams…

If there was a vote for player of the season now – and perhaps Man City were excluded – Wes Hoolahan would be right up there. The 33-year-old midfielder has been at the centre of everything good Norwich have done this season. A goal and another assist – his fourth of the campaign – capped a dominant display v Bournemouth. He perhaps won’t always be afforded the time and space he enjoyed on Saturday, but at just £5m he is surely deserving of more than the 2.6% take up by managers so far. The key will be selecting him for the right games. Away to Man City, no. But at home to mid-table and below, he looks great value.
Mon, Sep 14, 2015 09:30:00 AM

Wesley Hoolahan played well in Norwich's 3-1 win over Bournemouth today.

Hoolahan assisted on the first and scored the second for Norwich in their impressive victory over Bournemouth today. Norwich were in control from start to finish and were up 3-0 by the 67th minute with goals from Cameron Jerome, Matt Jarvis, and Hoolahan. Steve Cook returned one from a corner kick late for Bournemouth, but it wasn't enough and his team will go home with zero points. With the win, Norwich climb up to 8th place and look primed to avoid relegation.
Source: Sky Sports
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 07:43:00 PM

Norwich’s Wes Hoolahan has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water, delivering three assists in his opening two matches…

Not many were looking at Wes Hoolahan as making big splash in the PL this season. Just 1.3% of managers invested the £5.0m required. But after three assists and 15pts from two matches, that might change in the coming weeks. Nathan Redmond’s impressive start (17pts) was more widely predicted – twice as many managers took the plunge. His goal at the weekend made it five in his last six and the freedom of their two most creative players in a 4-5-1 formation will be key to Norwich success this season. Particularly on the road. The Canary’s 3-1 win at the Stadium of Light might be put down to Sunderland’s ineptitude, but Alex Neil’s side are now unbeaten in 13 away matches since he took the reins in January. With Stoke and Bournemouth at home and a trip to Southampton in their next three, both Redmond and Hoolahan are worth a look.
Tue, Aug 18, 2015 10:51:00 AM

Wes Hoolahan is on a collision course with Norwich as the City midfielder looks to go against the wishes of his club and play in the upcoming internationals despite injury.

The newly promoted Canaries were hoping Hoolahan would rest during the close season to help aid his recovery from a niggling knee problem – believed to be a tendon at the back – ready for the BPL opener in August. However the midfielder has made himself available for the friendly against England and more importantly for Martin O'Neill, the Euro qualifier with Scotland in a refreshing twist on the club versus country row. Marc Wilson, Shane Long, Stephen Ward, Aiden McGeady, Jon Walters and Paul McShane all sat out of the first training session but none are thought to be carrying serious injuries.
Source: Daily Mail
Tue, Jun 2, 2015 02:46:00 AM

Wes Hoolahan scored in the 3rd minutes against the team he wanted to move to in January but Villa came back and scored four unanswered first half goals for a 4-1 loss on the day.

While Norwich City remain outside of the relegation zone in 15th place they are only 4 points out of danger and 18th place Sunderland have two matches in hand. In addition to their fading fortunes, the Canaries face a well-documented murderer's row of opponents - Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal - to close the season. With only six matches remaining before that ugly stretch starts, Chris Houghton's men had better start picking up some points or they will be playing in the Championship next season.
Sun, Mar 2, 2014 01:54:00 PM

Despite putting in a transfer request at Norwich, Wes Hoolahan will return to their matchday squad this weekend as they host Manchester City.

Norwich will likely play Leroy Fer in the number 10 role against City. Hoolahan wasn't allowed to join Aston Villa in the recent transfer window, but if there truly is no bad blood, he will give them a creative option as the look to avoid relegation.
Source: SkySports
Thu, Feb 6, 2014 03:13:00 PM

Wes Hoolahan earned plaudits from manager Giovanni Trapattoni after Ireland's 3-0 win against the Faroe Islands. "He was fantastic, as he was in the last game. He has a good personality, he's creative, but he also pressed as well, which is very important."

Kudos to Hoolahan, who is showing his potential. But he's also showing his fantasy limitations. He's the guy behind the guy behind the guy. He earned Trapattoni's praise, but didn't score (Robbie Keane got a hat trick) or assist any of Ireland's goals.
Source: TeamTalk
Sat, Jun 8, 2013 05:02:00 PM

Or is he? Wes Hoolahan finally makes his first Ireland start, but is put as a deep-lying playmaker, rather than his favoured number 10 role, off the the striker.

Hoolahan had a good season for Norwich, but one that didn't translate into great fantasy returns. A good showing for country could only help his chances of starting next season as one of the Canaries' star men. Having Ricky van Wolfswinkel around to finish chances should help too.
Source: ESPN FC
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 12:44:00 PM