Sheffield Wednesday: Owls boss tips new boy to adapt

Gary Hooper
Gary Hooper

Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal is convinced the up-and-coming international break will help Gary Hooper adapt to his new surroundings.

The 27-year-old, formerly of Scunthorpe United and Scottish heavyweights Celtic, has featured just once since joining Wednesday on loan from Norwich City.

Hooper, who is set to remain at Hillsborough until January 17, was an unused substitute in Tuesday’s goalless draw with Brighton and Hove Albion.

“We bring in the player to help us and play,” said Carvalhal. “But Gary comes in a very difficult moment because he came after the Arsenal game and two days of training later, we have a game and three days later, we have a game again.

“He doesn’t yet understand how we play. It is not a question of the player, it is that he doesn’t know his colleagues and hasn’t really trained yet.

“The season is very long and we have the international break which will be very good to Gary and us also.

“It is a good period to adapt better to the team. He has not really trained with the team yet, we have just been recovering from games and it is not easy to me to put one player in, even if he has value.”

Brighton manager Chris Hughton, who worked with Hooper at Norwich City, is backing him to be a big hit at Hillsborough.

“He’s a good signing and is player who will certainly score goals at this level,” he said. “A fit Gary Hooper will always score goals.”