Some good news for Newcastle fans is that Kevin Nolan will be back against Arsenal on Saturday, after serving his 3 game suspension, for being sent off after a terrible foul on young striker Victor Anichebe, during the Everton game.
Kevin Nolan – can make huge difference for Newcastle
Kevin Nolan was a tremendous acquisition by Newcastle in January, for just £4M from Bolton Wanderers, where he had been since he was a youngster, but Kevin was at the Liverpool Academy before that – his home-town club.
Kevin has today insisted that Newcastle United’s future is still very much in their own hands, when we expect him to start against Arsenal this coming Saturday. Nolan seems a good lad, and has those fighting qualities we missed so much on Saturday at Hull.
After the foul against Anichebe, Kevin quickly apologised to the African player moments after the foul, which was just a badly timed tackle, but it looked just horrible. And unfortunately for the Everton striker, he will not play again this season, as he required surgery on the knee injury he sustained from the tackle.
Kevin is a born leader and he is naturally also a positive person and he talked today to the Evening Chronicle about what Newcastle need to do to survive this season:
“When you’re playing the top four it’s always going to be tough because they’re all great sides.”
“But it’s down to us now. We know what we’ve got to do. We’ll be positive.”
Nolan’s return will give coach Chris Hughton some selection posers, but we think Nolan must start against Arsenal, and probably play alongside Nicky Butt in midfield, so we utilize experience as much as we can.
Alan Smith, Nicky and Geremi have been playing in central midfield, but we think they will need to give way to Kevin, and then the question is who should play on the wings.
We do not want to see Alan Smith playing on either wing, because he cannot play there, and when Big Sam was here Alan kept proving that. We’d like to see Peter Lovenkrands start on the right wing, because of his goal scoring ability, which was sadly missed on Saturday.
And either Gutierrez, who missed a sitter on Saturday, or Damien Duff on the left, but it looks like Alan Smith and Geremi may have to start on the bench on Saturday, after playing quite well in the last few games.
Not surprisingly, Nolan seems up for the challenge against Arsenal and welcomes the competition for places.
“I signed because of the potential we’ve got in the dressing room.” “The lads are confident we can go in the right direction.”
Of course Kevin has been fighting against relegation at Bolton when he first made the first team, and that experience should be helpful to Newcastle, and the other players in the ruun-0in now he is back from suspension.
The side has missed Kevin in the last 3 games, but there’s no way to know if we would have done better than the single point we got.
Roll on Saturday, and a win against mighty Arsenal would really be what all Newcastle fans want to see.