Chris Hughton insists Grant Holt’s value to Norwich City should be measured in more than goals.

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Holt’s injury return in the goalless shutout against Newcastle was a major boost for the club’s Premier League survival bid ahead of this weekend’s testing trip to Liverpool.

Holt famously scored in front of the Kop at Anfield last season in a stirring 1-1 league draw during a successful 15-goal top flight debut. The Cumbrian has plundered four league goals this time around leading the line in a solo front-running role, but Hughton is in no doubt Holt can hit the goal trail over the remaining months of this season.

“Yes, of course he can,” he said. “I think in the way we’ve played with Wes (Hoolahan) just playing off the front, there’s perhaps been a little bit more demand on him in his general game as opposed to just goalscoring. Probably this season he’s had to sacrifice a little bit of what he’s had here before, for the team, but he doesn’t mind doing that as long as we’re in every game, as long as we have a chance of winning games.

“First and foremost it’s been about getting him back fit. He is a big player for us and for Grant, it’s not just about his goals. He’s a big player for us in more ways than one, so certainly we need to get him back fit, but it’s about a team providing opportunities for any striker that plays and Grant would be no different.”

Hughton continues to be linked with fresh transfer window striking talent to address City’s relative shortfall in front of goal.

“We’re looking to strengthen, full stop,” he said. “It’s quite obvious that we would like to score more goals but it’s mostly about accumulating points and winning games, however you do that. We will endeavour in this window to strengthen the squad but it’s not always easy.

“It’s a very difficult time to bring players in. You have to make sure you’re bringing in better and that anybody you bring in can actually add to the squad, to the quality of the squad. Of course, this time of the year any players that you’re interested in you’re going to be quoted prices that are perhaps more than their values.”

Hughton again reiterated after Newcastle City’s due diligence never stops to try and identify potential additions at the right price.

“You see who’s available, you see what’s within your budget and you see if it’s right.” he said. “Now on most occasions it’s not because they are players who have contracts at other clubs and maybe the only way they’re going to let them go is for a bigger amount of money than the player’s worth. There are all sorts of connotations. Also clubs at this stage don’t want to let players go, so these are the things you experience, but it’s no different for us than for any other club.

“We are working hard and that is the same as everybody – the same as we were doing one, two or three weeks ago. Historically if you look at this period of time most of the work seems to be done in that last ten days. It is very difficult to bring in players because the prices are going to be inflated. You don’t just want additions to the squad, you want them to improve the team.”

18 comments

  • I know most folk are not enamoured of trawling the "lower divisions", but there is a Grant Holt lookalike at Crystal Palace. Cumbrian. 29 yrs old, 6` 2". Been around the lower leagues, including Carlisle. Rochdale, Barrow and Workington. Good goal-scoring record. Sound familiar? Didn`t we just loan Butterfield to Palace......

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • What on earth, Hughton is preaching to the converted, we all know Holty's value possibily more than You... he has been here a while.. Chris... Just what are you saying with this ? I am waiting to hear those words...." I'll go with what I have Got"

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    gordon52

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Ethered with 2 different attempts. Prolix maybe wants to "write" my piece about 29 yr old, 6` 2" Cumbrian, Glenn Murray, ex Carlisle, Workington, Barrow and Rochdale currently with Crystal Palace who just borrowed Butterfield.......

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Twice, apparently.

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    Preston Canary

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • .....and others.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Aah, it`s an advert for the loan-sharks, HSBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Personally, I would just like to know who this Newcastle City are that have poached our manager, or are getting him to scout players for them?? Perhaps this is the real reason we have not signed anyone.

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    Preston Canary

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • I know many people are not keen on trawling the "lower divisions", but there is a "Grant Holt lookalike" at Crystal Palace. A Cumbrian, 29 yrs old, 6` 2". Been around the lower leagues a bit, including Carlisle. Rochdale, Barrow and Workington. Good goal-scoring record. Sound familiar? Didn`t we just lend Jacob Butterfield to Palace......

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Jeez MB please don't talk that one up. Andy Murray, Murray Walker, Barbara Murray or Murray Mint. But not the one with two prominent ears and a tail that goes hee-haw.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • System error sorry or are there two Bill Murrays?

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • What about Bill Murray aka Ghost Buster?

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Does that profile remind you of anybody currently at Carrow Road? Has scored about 160 goals in 400-ish games, too.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • No need to `insist`, Chris - Most people would not argue with you on the true value of Holty! Is there a picture or a block of text missing from that article? There`s a big square-ish gap in it.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • What with the BT money coming in next year this really isn't really the best season to get regulated. 1995 springs to mind. Come board give Hughton that extra bit to bring in a goal scorer we obviously need. Surely it's worth the risk in the long run?

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    pug

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • What about Bill Murray aka Ghost Buster?

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Well spotted, Preston! On the ball Norwich Toon. Ref. Glenn Murray; I thought City fans might be interested to see the remarkable similarities between him & Holty - on paper at least. Not seriously suggesting he might be a target. But you never know, we`ve made stranger signings.....Btw, el dingo, does Murray`s tail really go hee-haw?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • Personally, I would just like to know who this Newcastle City are that have poached our manager, or are getting him to scout players for them?? Perhaps this is the real reason we have not signed anyone.

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    Preston Canary

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Well that's just great, now CH is making out that he does everything . Even bigger problem if he's not playing. Other players must be contributing, surely!

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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