I can’t help but feel a desperate sense of disappointment at this evening’s news that Wes Hoolahan has signed for West Bromwich Albion.
Welcome to the Albion, Wes!
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) September 14, 2018
Just seeing the legend that is Wes Hoolahan in a West Brom shirt upsets me. I don’t get that he’s been let go by Norwich but West Brom think he can add something to their squad. Anybody else on my page?
I know he’s 36 now and I know that he can’t play three or probably even two games in a week anymore BUT he is almost certainly still the most technically skilful player in the Sky Bet Championship.
I would be staggered if Wes wouldn’t have stayed at Norwich on a less costly contract to the club than he was previously on. He certainly intimated as much in the Gunn Club after that wonderful farewell game against Leeds. “I’m not feckin’ leaving” he shouted when he was interviewed after his final game for the club.
Darren Moore has invited him to train with the Baggies over the last week or so and he is in no doubt that Wes still has plenty to offer a side with promotion ambitions.
Moore told the West Brom official website: “In the end, it wasn’t a difficult decision because Wes’s quality was there for all to see and he brings great experience and greater options to our group.
“We had a look at him over three or four days. He is a great pro and I think everyone knows the quality he possesses. He gives us more depth and fantastic experience.
“The agreement is short term but there is the potential for Wes to stay longer if things work out. I’m delighted to get him here.”
I’ve got no doubt that Wes could still have played a big role at Norwich this season. He could come off the bench when we need to get back in a game and easily give a good 30 minutes in those type of situations.
I know he’s not a long term solution to the attacking midfield position and I understand that money needed to be saved but a player like Hoolahan being around the club, just like Grant Holt now is, would be worth his weight in gold to the young players.
I remember James Maddison’s high praise of Wes when Alex Neil wouldn’t give him a chance, offering to speak to Neil on Madder’s behalf. He has been a wonderful servant to Norwich City and a pleasure to watch. One of the best ever, I’d say.
I don’t blame him at all. Norwich didn’t want him and he wants to keep playing. This deal is short term until January with an option to extend it. I’d be amazed if Moore doesn’t do that.
I can only hope that Wes ends up making his way back to Norfolk when he finally retires and gets a chance in the coaching set up at Colney.
More poor decision making from the Canaries, in my opinion.