Holloway delighted to bring "leader" Hooiveld to Millwall

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LOAN signing Jos Hooiveld will prove to be an important addition to Millwall's squad, according to boss Ian Holloway.

Hooiveld is in line to make his Lions debut against Reading tonight after moving to The Den from Southampton on a loan deal until the end of the season.

The Dutch defender was a key figure in the Saints side that finished second in the Championship in 2012 and went on to play in the top flight.

A left-sided centre back, Holloway hopes Hooiveld will bring much-needed balance, experience and stability to his back four.

Holloway said: "He's 31-years-old, got Southampton promoted and has played at a higher level. It's a fantastic opportunity for us to add someone like him.

"He's a leader, a good communicator and I'm delighted to have him."

Hooiveld took part in non-contact training with Millwall yesterday prior to the move going through and will be in the squad this evening.

It has been ten days since the Lions' last fixture – a 3-1 defeat to Ipswich – and Holloway has used the break to bed in his new signings.

Diego Fabbrini, Dan Harding, Shaun Cummings and Stefan Maierhofer all started against the Tractor Boys and will form the core of the team between now and the end of the season.

Reading were in FA Cup action at the weekend, beating Cardiff City 2-1 in South Wales.

Holloway added: "Reading played a different formation on Saturday so which shape is it going to be tonight?

"They've got Nathaniel Chalobah from Chelsea now so they've got another good option in midfield.

"The new signings showed some good things against Ipswich and we've done a bit more work with them since then.

"It wasn't ideal having to wait for a new signing to come in yesterday morning but that's the way it is during this transfer window.

"The spirit is the group is improving and everyone is looking forward to taking Reading on."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

31 thoughts on “Holloway delighted to bring "leader" Hooiveld to Millwall

  • January 27, 2015 at 10:37
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    Left sided CB eh, so we can expect Webster to partner him on the right.

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    • January 27, 2015 at 10:50
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      @glyngo: Nelson to partner him on the right... Webster barely deserves to make the bench.

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    • January 27, 2015 at 12:21
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      @glyngo: Webster..... no way he looks like a rabbit caught in the headlights whenever he plays! Nelson all day!!

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  • January 27, 2015 at 10:51
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    '"He's 31-years-old, got Southampton promoted...." Pretty sure Southampton would have been scoring goals to get promoted.

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  • January 27, 2015 at 10:56
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    Forde
    Cummings... Webster... Hoovield... Harding...
    Maggie. Williams. Fabrinni. Conan hall
    Hoff. Greggs

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      • January 27, 2015 at 11:20
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        @Jim28: HI JIM28 & BLOCK28, I DO HOPE WE HAVE THE YOUNG WINGER FIT AND READY TO TORMENT THE READING DEFENCE. HOW COME OLLIE HAS NOT BROUGHT A NEW FORWARD IN YET? SUPPOSE FULLER WILL BE IN! NEVER MIND,SEE YOU LATER IN THE BLUE A.' NO ONE LIKE US, WE DONT CARE' STORMIN' NORMAN. PS. IN OLLIE WE TRUST!

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    • January 27, 2015 at 11:22
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      Holloway has already stated that Nelson will play tonight so on that basis-
      Forde
      Cummings-Nelson-Hoovield- Harding
      Maggie.-Williams.-Fabrinni.-Conan hall
      Hoff- Greggs

      See that Hoovield passed his medical at the training ground. Let's hope that involved a bit more than blowing up a baloon and doing the hokey cokey.

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  • January 27, 2015 at 10:58
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    We still need a striker Ollie,forward line still not good enough!!

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  • January 27, 2015 at 11:02
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    it is very quiet on the P C-H front - I've got a feeling he isn't fit

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    • January 27, 2015 at 11:09
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      @timchimes: according to the "infographic" only Bailey and Edward are out

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      • January 27, 2015 at 11:17
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        @madcaplaughs1983: that's because there's a difference between being out injured and not being fit.. The kid ain't played for a month, don't pin all your hopes on him because knowing how most of the comments go on here, most of you's will be c@#$ing him off in 2 weeks time saying he can't make the step up.....

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        • January 27, 2015 at 11:21
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          @ettieneverveer: this is true but a sub appearance hopefully isn't out of the question....... I'm not one to s*** players off if they are playing badly or out of form, I see football as a confidence game. If fans constantly berate players then of course confidence will drop. I do however get annoyed when there is a lack of commitment!

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          • January 27, 2015 at 11:26
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            @madcaplaughs1983: Yep. I reckon we'll have Martin on at the start and Cowan-Hall on later in the game. Don't know whether Sid is left-footed? Hooiveld is going to be left centre back so if Sid is left footed does he have to put Webster in as right centre back? Or does footedness not matter for centre backs?

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      • January 27, 2015 at 13:11
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        @madcaplaughs1983: does'nt take into account late fitness tests on players.tbf i'ld like to see this player play when hes 100% fit..otherwise we will get the your s*** brigade giving it

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        • January 27, 2015 at 13:16
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          @Jim28: I do agree Jim that people will be straight onto him if he doesn't hit the ground running. He is probably the signing I am most excited about as he destroyed us in the cup, reminds me a bit of Paul Ifill

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  • January 27, 2015 at 12:01
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    Shame we didn't pick up Le Fondre from Cardiff instead of Bolton. Missed a possible trick there.

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    • January 27, 2015 at 12:23
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      @potty1: Non-starter.... left Cardiff to go back up north!

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  • January 27, 2015 at 12:28
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    What formation will they play,don't worry about there's try to work out your own. Cause if we don't know there's they sure won't know ours.

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    • January 27, 2015 at 13:23
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      @LETEMCOME: lets be honest Ollie and our players wont know their own formation either, he hasn't tried 1-4-2-3 yet
      Jos (cause i cant be arsed spelling his surname) as 1 at the back with
      4 in front of Harding, Beevers, Dunne (CB again) and Cummings,
      williams, abdou
      Gregory way out left Fuller way out right and the hoff on his own in the middle.

      there's still time for Ollie to balls it all up lol

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  • January 27, 2015 at 12:56
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    nelson is right footed ,thats why it made no sence when he played him a longside shittu ,on his debut , think this new fella could be ideal for young sid to learn from for the rest of the season

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  • January 27, 2015 at 14:14
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    Forde
    Cummings Nelson Hooiveld Harding
    Abdou Williams
    Gueye Gregory Fabbrini
    Hoff
    gregory just behind the Hoff, think we will be in with a good shout today COYL

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    • January 27, 2015 at 14:42
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      @Ben_MFC: like the look of that team, as I've said previously a cameo for the last ten minutes for PCH and I'm going to enjoy tonight's match..... See you all up there

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    • January 27, 2015 at 15:33
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      @Ben_MFC: Looks a bit narrow, there wont be any crosses playing this way, and I don't think there is much confidence to knock it about on the floor, but could start that way then switch to a 4-4-2 with Maggie on the left, Paris on the right and Hoff and Gregs up top (again with gregs just behind) with 2 from abdou/williams, fabrini in the middle.

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      • January 27, 2015 at 16:20
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        @brooker: if it's 4231, gregory can be in the hole behind the striker, keep Maggie and fabbrini out wide, we were playing the same but with McDonald in that role and gregory can do an equally as good, if not better job, but it'll probably end up being that line up but in 442 anyway

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