Norwich boss Chris Hughton insists Wes Hoolahan remains in his plans
Norwich boss Chris Hughton insists Wes Hoolahan remains in his plans despite being overlooked so far this season.
Last Updated: 17/09/12 4:36pm
The Republic of Ireland international has played just 13 minutes of Premier League football in this campaign - as a substitute in the opening day thrashing at Fulham.
Since then the popular 30-year-old midfielder has been an unused substitute in the league despite scoring from the penalty spot in the 2-1 Capital One Cup win over Scunthorpe.
Canaries supporters were chanting for Hoolahan's introduction in Saturday's goalless draw at home to West Ham but Hughton ignored the pleas of the Carrow Road fans.
The former Birmingham boss has favoured a 4-4-2 system that is not ideal for Hoolahan as he prefers to play as part of a three-man midfield.
And Hughton admits it has been difficult to find a role for the player despite being aware of his talents.
"It has been a little bit difficult," Hughton told The Pink'un in Norwich.
"Even towards the end I did want to bring Wes on, but because of the way West Ham play and they're a strong, physical side, you're mindful that you don't want to get done from the set-plays.
"I was tempted to bring Wes on because I know he can produce that little bit of magic, that little bit of gold, but there is two sides to it.
"West Ham are so strong, they are direct in their play and I just felt we needed to keep some height on the pitch.
"It's been a tough one for Wes because he's a very good player but I'm quite sure that if he continues to do what he's doing there is certainly scope for him to be involved, definitely."