Kevin Nolan is more than just a good player Newcastle have acquired, because he’s also a very positive person and has tremendous leadership skills, as everybody could see clearly in his very first game for the Magpies last Sunday.
Kevin Nolan – European qualification next season?
It even seemed appropriate that a player like Kevin should make his debut in a game against Sunderland.
Kevin thinks the quality in the squad (when all are fit?) is enough to allow Newcastle to do very well in the league next season, and be challenging for a top place. But how many times have we heard that?
Kevin talked to the Newcastle Journal today:
“I was delighted by my first game, and I’m already looking forward to next season,” “I’ve not come here to try and tell all these players what to do.”
“They’re experienced enough and good enough to know what’s needed to get out of this.”
“Hopefully I can just be another cog in the working system. I’ve come here to make another step up and get this club back to where it belongs.”
“I want to get back into Europe. I had two fantastic seasons at Bolton.”
“That was a small club and they were great nights so I can’t imagine what it would be like to have a European night here.”
“That’s where my energy and my drive is.”
Nolan of course seems to realize that we are still a club who are way under-performing, given the players and facilities we have at Newcastle.
With Shay Given and N’Zogbia having left the club in January, because they were basically fed up with the way the club was being run, it’s good to hear the enthusiasm of Nolan, as the Liverpudlian continued:
“Looking around the dressing room when I first walked in the other day it was, like, ‘Bloody hell!’ It’s absolutely fantastic,”
“But we’ve got to start working together and start working as a team.”
“We’ve got 14 games left and we’ve got to make sure we’re in this league next season, then try to get into the top 10 and into Europe.”
The first thing we need to do, before we start even thinking about next season, is to ensure we stay in the Premier League, and that’s by no way a certainty right now.
But there’s also no doubt that Ryan Taylor and Kevin Nolan are two good signings for the club, for a total cost of only £5.5M, and that’s certainly excellent value for money.