Gary Hooper has only ever played league football in England for Southend United, Leyton Orient, Hereford United and Scunthorpe United.
However, his record since joining Celtic in 2010 has been superb with a ratio of just better than one goal in every two games but is this reason enough for Norwich to part with £5 million to sign him?
Looking at him as a player and the way he likes to play as a striker, there doesn’t seem to be any reason why he shouldn’t have a successful spell at his first Premier League club.
Norwich are a side that like to keep the ball on the deck and move it around the pitch nicely, switching sides and bringing the more creative players into the equation.
Hooper doesn’t appear to be Theo Walcott quick which means he’s more likely to drop off from the front and look for the ball.
The good news is the presence of Grant Holt is something which will allow him to do this, if the pair of them start together in attack.
Holt is clearly a stronger striker than Hooper which means he is the man Norwich can use to hold the ball up. Hooper is very good at making runs off of other players and feeding off of scraps which is how he will have most of his success if he becomes a Norwich player.
His record for Celtic is superb this season; nine goals in 17 games. It’s the sort of ratio that any club would be interested in and a reason Celtic will fight to hold onto him.
It could create a sticking point in terms of the transfer fee because Norwich are unlikely to go too much higher when there are similar players around who are available such as Danny Graham from Swansea City.
There is also the quality factor to consider because, no disrespect to Scottish football, but the SPL doesn’t even get close to the Premier League in terms of the standard of football being played.
Therefore, it’s not unreasonable to suggest that Hooper may have a slight problem adjusting to the way football is played at Norwich. It’s a gamble but is it a gamble worth taking? For the sort of fee involved, yes it is.
Norwich City fans, would you be happy if Hooper signed for your club?
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