Sheffield Wednesday: Gary Hooper ‘doesn’t get credit he deserves’

Gary Hooper shares a laugh with Daniel Pudil after putting Wednesday ahead against QPR
Gary Hooper shares a laugh with Daniel Pudil after putting Wednesday ahead against QPR
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Captain Tom Lees claims Owls teammate Gary Hooper is one of the Championship’s most underrated strikers.

Hooper took his goal tally for the season to four as Wednesday edged past Queens Park Rangers at Hillsborough last weekend.

The former Scunthorpe United and Celtic forward is currently the Owls’ leading marksman and found the back of the net 15 times this calendar year.

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Lees told The Star: “All the lads up top are going to win us games.

“I think Hoops has been fantastic in the last few games. Sometimes I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves.

“He holds the ball up so well, is very strong and makes it difficult for the defenders. I’m really pleased for him he’s getting his goals.”

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It was the second home match running Hooper had registered and his latest strike lifted Carlos Carvalhal’s charges up to fifth in the Championship, just four points adrift of the automatic promotion placings.

“We all see what Hoops brings,” stressed Lees. “It is not just his goals. It is his all round play.

“When we are in trouble whether it is the goalkeeper, centre-half or right-back, you know Hooper is that little out ball and you can play it up to him. He holds the ball up and brings others into play.

“He always competes with the centre-half and makes things not easy for them so he gives you that little breather.

“Hoops is doing really well at the moment and hopefully he can carry that on.”

Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood sat-out the QPR triumph due the back injury he suffered at Cardiff City last week.

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