Kevin Nolan’s brilliant two goals on Tuesday night put him at the top of Newcastle’s goal-scoring charts, and probably unnecessarily put pressure on some of our strikers, like Carroll and Lovenkrands.
Kevin Nolan – top of the charts with 18 goals
This is what Kevin Nolan told the Evening Chronicle this afternoon, when asked whether he wanted to be top goal-scorer at the club:
“To be quite honest, I haven’t been too bothered about being top scorer, just getting goals that matter.”
“I think Andy and Peter want to be to be top scorer more than I do. But it’s a massive thing and I’m delighted just to score goals.”
“That’s what I set out to do at the start of the season.”
Nolan’s goals return of 18 this season is terrific for a central midfielder, but of course Joey scored goals at Bolton Wanderers on a fairly regular basis too.
Although looking at Kevin’s goals tally at Bolton, which was 50 goals in 345 appearances – it looks like Kevin has done a lot better at Newcastle, albeit in England’s second division this season.
But it also shows to us that Chris Hughton is a good coach, and recognised things in Kevin’s play, and allowed him to play as second striker.
That was especially away from home this season, when the lads usually played a 4-5-1 formation, with Kevin playing just behind the lone striker, and we were still able to score the goals, even away from home.
We got two good goals from Kevin last Tuesday night, and he played just behind lone striker Shola Ameobi up front.
And of course, England’s Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard score lots of goals, and that’s what sets them apart from other English central midfielders, and it’s something our own Danny Guthrie has talked about doing, to improve his game.
Kevin, as would have expected is not too bothered about being top of goal-scoring charts at Newcastle, but is more worried about the team and getting promoted and winning the title:
“It’s massive to us to win the title. If you saw those fans at Reading, all 4,000 of them, they deserve that.”
“It just shows that we have to put in the right amount of determination to make sure they get what they want.”
“They’ve had a lot of disappointment in recent years, but this season has been a massive turnaround for us.”
As we’ve said before, a player with the guts, spirit and ability of Kevin Nolan – was born to play at a club like Newcastle, and he made the exact right move 15 months ago.
Kevin didn’t settle immediately and was only so-so last season, as he needed some time to get used to playing at Newcastle, and surely Kevin is the captain in waiting for next season, or are we missing something?
And for those fans who are now after Leon Best, let’s give the 23 year-old a lot more time to bloom on Tyneside.
Look how Kevin and Jose Enrique have come through after only so–so starts at the club.