Wednesday 13 December 2017

'Wes is worth second chance'

THE campaign to have Wes Hoolahan promoted to the Republic of Ireland squad has received another major backer as Norwich City boss Paul Lambert feels the Dubliner deserves a place in Giovanni Trapattoni's senior panel.

Hoolahan has played for the Irish side under Trapattoni but has managed only one senior cap, against Colombia in 2008. In his Twitter account, Hoolahan describes himself as someone who "once played a minute or two for Ireland".

The former Shelbourne man has been in superb form for Norwich this season, revelling in his role as captain, and there is a lot of support for Hoolahan's elevation to the Irish squad, with former Scotland player Lambert now backing the Dubliner.

"I don't think you ever tell anybody how to do their job, especially somebody as experienced as he is," said Lambert of Trapattoni.

"If you ask my opinion then it's maybe worth having a look and you make up your own judgement about whether he is good enough or not. I know what he has done for me.

"He has been brilliant; he has played some massive games. I think Wes, being as creative as he is, sometimes will have his ups and downs in games. You make allowances for that, but over the course of two-and-a-half years he has been terrific," added Lambert.


The Norwich boss has seen Ireland play and realises that Ireland's midfield formation would make it difficult for Hoolahan to get a run.

"It might well do. There is nothing set in stone how people want to play," said Lambert. "If you asked me if I'd I play him wide, then I wouldn't, but somebody else might.

"Yeah, he could probably do it but my view is he is more productive in the middle.

"I think he looks at himself as being more of a creative type of player than someone who can perhaps score goals from midfield.

"Maybe he should score a bit more with the talent he has, but he'd rather slip somebody in when you think he is going to shoot at certain times. I think that is something he could try and get in his game, but his creativity is different class," added Lambert.

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