When Kevin Nolan first arrived at Newcastle 17 months ago, he did not play too well, although most Newcastle fans were just delighted that Newcastle got the Bolton Wanderers star for just £4M.
Kevin Nolan – the new face of Newcastle United
But we are now being told that Nolan was hampered by a knee injury, which required surgery at Bolton, before he arrived on Tyneside.
But Kevin Nolan was huge for Newcastle last season, and he played an amazing 48 games for the Magpies last season with a massive 18 goals, and looked to be in the form of his life, albeit in England’s second division.
But we also know this Liverpool-born lad can play in the Premiership and he will be a vital player for the club next season, there’s no doubt about that.
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Last time round in the Premier League was a little bit of a frustrating time for Kevin.”
“He came here post-injury, and we probably didn’t see the best of him in the Premier League stint he had for us, so I think he, more than anybody, will be looking to apply himself again there.”
“He’s played in the Premier League for many years and there’s no doubt that sort of experience can benefit us.”
“He’ll be looking forward to that as well.”
Nolan was also voted the Football League Championship Player of the Year, and was runner-up to Jose Enrique in our own Newcastle United Blog – Player of the season.
There have been some daft reports of a possible move to Blackburn Rovers this summer but we think that’s just made-up nonsense.
Chris is looking for one of his best players to have another great season next season in the PL:
“Kevin made a massive contribution to the cause last season.” “He did that both on and off the field.” “He’s had a wonderful season in the Championship.”
“He’s had the momentum all season, and he’ll be looking to take that into the Premier League, which would be a massive boost for us.”
To us Kevin is one of Newcastle’s very best players, for his influence both on and off the field, and he’s just a terrific person.
Kevin is an emotional player, and it’s not too surprising that he rises to the occasion when he is cheered on by 52,000 Geordies at St. James’ Park.
What a bargain buy this lad looks to be for Newcastle United!