I will be watching the Leeds game through misty eyes doubtless. For the time has come to say goodbye to Wesley Hoolahan… Hoolahan… Wesley Hoolahan…
I have often been accused of buying my glasses from the “Hoolahan, rose tinted glasses company” but stand by my opinion. He has been man of the match on countless occasions, even getting my vote when he stayed firmly on the subs bench. The stats, which I won’t bore you with here, are nevertheless impressive (check them out).
At the front of the diamond, he made things happen, always seeing (and delivering) a pass that others failed to see. Countless assists and often finding the net himself.
With James Maddison hitting incredible levels of form, there has been less chances for Wes to shine this season. However, his appearances as a substitute have always been greeted with an air of excitement – no surprise as we have come to expect the, well, unexpected.
Now his departure will perhaps not come as a surprise. However I think we should have kept him, or perhaps, tried to keep him for another season. When Maddison goes (the best we can hope for is that he goes but gets loaned back) who do we have to fill the gap? Hoolahan 14… ???…
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What we all expected has now come to pass: Wes Hoolahan will leave Norwich City at the end of this season after 10 eventful years in yellow and green.
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As for the Stuart Webber/Daniel Farke axis, I’m not sure whether any precise time-scale has been set for ‘the project’ (I’m still puzzled about when and why this term entered the football lexicon, but that’s a side-issue).
- Arsene Wenger and Norwich City
So, at last, Arsène Wenger who started with Arsenal back in August 1996 is leaving the club at the end of the season.
Even if he was only used from the bench he still has the game changing ability and this is unlikely to disappear by next season. We have been guilty in the past of letting players go who still had much to offer – Iwan and Hucks for sure.
My favourite memory is Wes scoring from the spot and his celebration in the play-off semi-final against Ipswich. It is my screensaver this week.
We wish you well Wesley 14, you will always have a special place in our hearts. I just wished you could have stayed a little bit longer. Thank you… continued below…
John Clarke ( Rose Tinted Specs Company)
When we two parted
In silence and tears,
To sever for years,