What we need at Newcastle next season are many more leaders on the field, as well as off it.
Kevin Nolan – could be valuable player for Newcastle next season
Kevin Nolan, Peter Lovenkrands and Ryan Taylor all came into the club in January, for around £5M at most, and you can excuse them for finding it one of the hardest five months in their football careers.
But we think these three are all keepers, and could do more than a little to get us straight back out of the Championship. Of the three only Peter Lovenkrands truly showed what he was capable of, with 3 good goals, and apparently he is very popular in the dressing room.
However, we also think the two Scousers, Taylor and Nolan can do a great job for us next season, although one question is whether we can afford the wages we are paying Kevin, which could well be over £60K/week.
However, after hearing news stories a few weeks back saying Kevin was desperate to leave Newcastle, it looks like those were simply more made-up garbage and today his agent, Mark Curtis, has talked to the Evening Chronicle today about what Kevin wants to do:
“Kevin is fully committed to Newcastle next season.”
“He is looking forward to going back to training and helping the club challenge.”
“He’s aware of the fixtures and up for the challenge.”
Leaders are those who don’t wait for others before making their announcements and intentions known, and often go out on a limb – that’s why they are called leaders.
And we saw a great example of leadership from our own local lad Steven Taylor, in the first week following relegation, when he said he was not going to leave the Newcastle club, and was determined to help the side get straight back to the Premier League.
Of course Steven has been linked in the popular press this summer with Arsenal, Spurs and other sides, but when did they ever let actual facts get in the way of their stories?
It’s good to hear this about Kevin today, because the club has taken an awful beating over the last four weeks since being relegated, and we hope we can keep a select few, who we will need in any case once we are promoted, whenever that turns out to be.
But that will largely depend on unloading those players we really don’t want, so we’ll have to wait and see.