Kevin Nolan is one of the leaders on Tyneside this season and his 6 goals so far have been paramount in taking Newcastle to the top of the Championship.
Kevin Nolan – great team spirit at Newcastle now
And while Kevin has talked about the complete lack of team spirit in the Newcastle dressing room when he arrived last January, he thinks it’s that renewed spirit which is mainly responsible for the fantastic resurgence of the team this season, under caretaker manager Chris Hughton and his assistant Colin Calderwood.
Nolan talked to the Shields Gazette today about our two new boys – Khizanishvili and Harewood:
“Zurab’s a lovely lad – he’s slotted in really well – and Marlon’s done the same,”
“That’s what we want – it’s important that whoever comes into the club has got that. They’ve got to get right involved with the lads, and enjoy this experience.
“Hopefully, we can keep them for a longer period. There’s a long way to go, and we’re going to need every player on the bench.”
Newcastle go into the international break three points clear at the top of the Championship, but that could and probably should have been a full 7 points, if only we could have won our last two home games. But we mustn’t get greedy, not yet anyway.
And Nolan says our two new Premier League players, Harewood and Khizanishvili are enjoying their time at Newcastle as they are already caught up in the fantastic buzz that’s currently on Tyneside.
Nolan went on:
“We’ve had a great start, and are at the top of the Championship, and they know there’s a standard here that they’ve got to live up to.”
“I’m sure those two lads are relishing that chance. Hopefully, they’ll prove over the next few months why we’ve brought them in.”
We do probably need to extend all of our loan signings for the full season – if that is possible.
That will help us to safeguard against injuries and loss of form, and we still expect some of out youngsters to come through this season too.