Norwich City boss Paul Lambert hails 'terrific' Wes Hoolahan

Wes Hoolahan
Hoolahan joined Norwich from Blackpool for £250,000 in 2008

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert has praised Wes Hoolahan's impact on his side's Premier League campaign.

The 29-year-old has started just three of the Canaries' five top-flight games this season, but Lambert has said that does not reflect on his ability.

"Wes is a terrific footballer, he can make things happen in the last third," Lambert told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"Sometimes I've left him out through the tactical side of the game, but he can make things happen for us."

The Republic of Ireland international scored in Norwich's opening day draw with Wigan, and was central to City's win over Bolton last week, playing in a more advanced position off the striker.

And four of of the Norfolk side's five top-flight points this campaign have come when the former Blackpool man has started.

"He's different, he's an old fashioned number 10 who is really creative and not the biggest, but with a terrific eye for a pass," Lambert added.

"People don't realise his work rate is really high. Perhaps he's too eager sometimes, but you put that with his ability and he's a terrific footballer."

City host Sunderland on Monday and Lambert is hoping for a second successive victory to send his side to Manchester United in high spirits next week.

"People tell you that winning back-to-back games in the Premier League is a really hard thing to do," said the Scot.

"We're going up to Old Trafford where nobody expects you to do anything. If we can get another win under our belt first, there's a chance we can give it a real good go."