Howson was on target during Norwich's recent 1-0 win over Bristol City.
Norwich's Jonny Howson celebrates scoring their first goal
Howson was on the hand just before half-time to score the decisive goal in the Canaries' 1-0 win over Bristol City on Tuesday, but it was Hoolahan who drew many of the the plaudits after another putting in another impressive performance,
Speaking to the Eastern Daily Press after the game, Howson could not help but heap praise on the Irishman, claiming: "I think he's possibly the best player I've played with and he's certainly on top of his game at the minute.
"Some of the things he does in and around the attacking third and he comes up with things that top class players do."
But such praise should in no way detract from Howson's evening, which saw the 28-year-old take the captain's armband in the absence of Russell Martin, and he could again be asked to lead the team out for the East Anglian derby tussle with Ipswich Town on Sunday.
However, he insists he is not phased by the responsibility, adding he is confident his team-mates will know their role for the trip to Suffolk.
“OK I might be wearing the armband on Sunday but we’re all talking to each other and I’m sure the majority of us have played in derbies before," he added.
“So we know what to expect and what’s coming up. We’ve got experienced lads all over the pitch and everyone is helping each other out at the minute.
“That’s the only way it should be and it’s what is going to take us forward.”