There’s no doubt that Kevin Nolan has had an enormous impact this season at the Newcastle United club, both on and off the field.
Kevin Nolan – the face of Newcastle this season
And Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has played Kevin in every league game but one this season, as he seems to be the player Chris really admires, again both on and off the field.
Even a month or two ago, when Kevin seemed a little jaded, we thought it would be a good time to rest Kevin, but Chris kept him in the side, and in retrospect was proved right with Kevin coming back to form big time, and scoring some great goals.
And it’s not surprising that Chris Hughton is delighted with Nolan this season, as the Newcastle gaffer told the Evening Chronicle today:
“He’s still going strong and what he’s given us in goals is outstanding for a midfielder, albeit we’ve played him off the front in a far more advanced role.”
“It’s a wonderful contribution but his biggest contribution is what he’s given us on the football pitch as a player that has played more than anybody else.”
“He’s a high-energy player.” “You see the same sort of the thing from him week-in, week-out.”
Nolan’s played a total of 46 times this season with 45 start for the Magpies, and we think he will be a great Newcastle captain next season.
Kevin demonstrates both on and off the field, what it means to be a Newcastle United player, and he’s a terrific example to our many younger players, not to even mention he’s played very very well this season.
Nicky Butt will very likely be leaving the club in the summer, and we think Alan Smith will have trouble getting into the starting line-up too many times next season to be the captain.
And Kevin also seems to be able to keep free of injury, which is another good reason he would be a great captain for Newcastle in the Premiership.
Kevin has already been captain at his previous club, Bolton Wanderers, and he seems to us a born leader.