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Hooper The Lean Mean Goal Machine

Much has been written about Norwich's recent form and results and quite frankly it makes depressing reading, and the news that the Championship Player Of the Month has gone to Gary Hooper makes me wonder if we should have sold him

I'm sure many City fans will chime in now with how hot and cold he could blow whilst with us - but at the moment the team only seems to be blowing baltic so any glimmer of hope would have been better?

The 28-year-old signed for Sheffield Wednesday in a deal reportedly worth around £3million, following a successful loan spell with the Owls.

Five goals in five games last month saw Hooper win Wednesday’s player of the month award as well, as he helps continue a push for a place in the Championship play-offs, with his new club currently two points clear of seventh-placed Ipswich.

 

Aston Villa V Norwich - Confirmed Starting Line Ups

So the line ups are in, and Pinto, Olsson & Jarvis are out, as is Tettey (suspended)

O'Neil & Hoolahan Recalled

Rudd; Martin (c), Klose, Bassong, Brady; Howson, Mulumbu, O'Neil, Hoolahan; Naismith; Mbokani.

SUBS: Ruddy (GK), Jerome, Bamford, Jarvis, Redmond, Olsson, Pinto

Norwich Old Boy Mark Bunn starts in Goal for Villa

Confirmed #AVFC team: Bunn, Richards, Okore, Lescott, Cissokho, Bacuna, Gana, Westwood, Veretout, Gil, Agbonlahor.

Subs: Guzan, Clark, Sinclair, Richardson, Lyden, Grealish, Davis.

Aston Villa - Starting Line Ups Here At 2pm

Reminder - at least one enforced change for Norwich with Alex Tettey banned for two games after he picked up a booking late in the match against Spurs in midweek

How will this change the team?

Check back at 2pm to find the confirmed starting line up

Arsenal Tracking Norwich Midfielder

There are a number of reports in the nationals today that Arsenal are tracking u-21 midfielder Todd Cantwell who played a staring role in the u-21 match midweek where City came back from 4-1 down to beat Middlebrough 5-4 with Cantwell scoring twice.

The 18-year-old midfielder is highly regarded within the Club but he is out of contract at the end of the season, and surely we should be actively negociating hard with him rather than risking a tribunal setting the fee at the end of the season if he chooses to leave

According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal's chief scout Steve Rowley watched the teenager impress for Norwich in their FA Youth Cup match with Middlesbrough on Thursday, and a host of other clubs were also watching Cantwell including Newcastle, Liverpool, Crystal Palace and both Manchester clubs

Where Are They Now? Gaetano Giallanza

With the news in Timm Klose's first press conference that the club was highly recomended to him by his agent Gaetano Giallanza it made me curious what had happened to him as he he looked promising until he suffered his serious knee injury with the club

Now retired from playing and 41 years old Giallanza is an agent to a number of Swiss players

After leaving Norwich at the end of the 2002 season he went on to play for BSC Young Boys in Switzerland for one year, then another Swiss club FC Arau for a further 2 seasons, before returning to the UK for his final season as a pro in 2006-07 with darlington for whom he scored 3 times in 14 appearances.

Gaetano Giallanza Norwich City

Aston Villa - Team News

There's been a lot of talk this week about what Alex Neil will do with the team following Tuesday's defeat at home to Tottenham

We will leave that to others, and just look at what we do know

Alex Tettey will be unavailable for the match having picked up a booking late in the Spurs match meaning he is banned under the totting up system.

Robbie Brady who missed the Spurs match with a bug is now fit and available agin, and joins a relatively clean bill of health for the squad as a whole, the only player missing is Graham Dorrans who is still out with the bug that meant he missed the midweek match

Wes Hoolahan is also available with thoughts in many camps that he wasnt in the team midweek as he was being saved for this game.

It will be interesting to see what Alex Neil does to resolve the defensive issues, which has seen us leak 17 goals in the last 5 matches, one fact I did notice is that of 41 goals we have conceeded this season only 17 were whilst John Ruddy was in goal, whilst Declan Rudd has let in 24 - food for thought maybe?

Middlesbrough Interested In Dorrans?

This is the latest report to emerge today, and as with a lot of them has to be taken with a pich of salt

The Championship side are looking to bring in Premier League experience into the Boro squad, to make sure they remain in the top two by the end of the season.

The midfielder has been a regular in the Canaries line up this season –  making 20 appearances, but has recently lost his place in the squad to Gary O’Neil.

I suspect this one will prove to be a no go given that Dorrans has featured heavily in Alex Neil's thinking this season and provides valuable cover in a number of midfield positions.

One For The Future

As deadline day goes it is pretty peaceful so far for Norwich, with just one arrival so far Ebou Adams signing from Dartford

Adams is being billed as one for the future by Alex Neil , with the only details of the deal coming out that we ahve agreed to play them in a pre-season friendly at their ground

Adams himself says that he is a 'box to box' midfielder, with the 20 year old having signed an 18 month deal with the club