Everybody who saw the game last Sunday against Sunderland could see first hand, the leadership abilities displayed by our new boy, Kevin Nolan.
Kevin Nolan – captain next season?
And we wouldn’t be at all surprised, after Michael Owen leaves the club in the summer, if Kevin becomes an almost automatic choice for captain of the club.
He’s a real captain, in that he leads by example, and can also give some verbal support too, when necessary. 😀
Speaking about the former Bolton captain, Joe Kinnear talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“I wanted somebody with some serious clout who has seen it and done it.”
“Kevin fits the bill. He’s been there when Bolton fought to stay up in the early years.”
“I believe in him. He’s a great passer of the ball and he is infectious around the dressing room.”
“He’s a leader above all things.”
“He did phenomenally well for Bolton and he is capable of toughing it out when needed which is the position we’re in at the moment.”
In fact, by getting Nolan to the club, when everybody is fit – our central midfield could go from being a big weakness to being a strength next season – with Barton, Nolan, Guthrie and Butt all looking good.
One methodology for improving anything is to pinpoint the biggest weakness, and then make it into the biggest strength, and then repeat the process.
And there seems a decent chance we will either get Miguel Veloso from Sporting Lisbon or Michael Johnson from Manchester City in the summer, since the news coming through is that both players seem more than happy to join the Tyneside club.
Kevin could be an important signing for the club longer term, and he has the leadership abilities to work with Joe to get the very best out of the team.
He’s been a welcome breath of fresh air to the club and the supporters, since he arrived, and that was only last Thursday.