Sheffield Wednesday: Give new boy time to shine

Gary Hooper
Gary Hooper

Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal is tipping Gary Hooper to shine at Hillsborough - but insists it will take time before Wednesdayites see the best of the striker.

Hooper made his first Wednesday start since arriving on loan from Norwich City in Saturday’s defeat to Charlton Athletic.

The 27-year-old got 66 minutes under his belt and, in patches, showed some neat touches, linking up effectively with his teammates, as Carvalhal’s men suffered their first loss in 12 outings.

Hooper, formerly of Scunthorpe United and Scottish giants Celtic, played a big part in the Canaries regaining promotion to the Premier League at the first time of asking last season, hitting 12 goals in 34 appearances.

But Hooper has been frozen out at Carrow Road, featuring just twice for Norwich this campaign. His lack of match action led to him joining Owls on a temporary basis.

Carvalhal told The Star: “Gary [Hooper] worked hard at Charlton but it was not easy to come in when we weren’t at our best. It wasn’t our day and we didn’t play with the same energy that we normally do.

“Gary played 60 minutes but he hadn’t played in a long time.

“He is a good player and will help us.

“He needs time and will get better in the future.”

Should Hooper impress, Carvalhal has not ruled out turning his transfer into a permanent deal. The forward is set to return to Norwich on January 17.

The Portuguese said: “Gary has time to see if he likes Sheffield Wednesday. We will see how he adapts. We both have time to make a decision.

“When we bring a player on a loan, it is because we like him.”

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