Kevin Nolan So Important To Newcastle Next Season


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!

Comments welcome.



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12 comments so far

  • awc88

    Jun 15, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #1

    the fact that the fixtures are released in 2 days today it has really just hit me how badly we are going to do next season and are inevitably going down at the end of it.

    On the long terms speaking about long term sucess and on the other lloking like were going to be putting our hopes in signing players that wont actuallt be ours.

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  • RichK

    Jun 15, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #2

    For god sake have some faith awc88. We do need to strengthen but we’re better than Blackpool and West Brom as well at least three or four others that are already in the premiership. We will struggle at times i’m sure but we’re good enough to stay up for sure!

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  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Jun 15, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #3

    RichK I agree you have to have hope because we are better than a few teams in the premier league but i do think nolan has lost his legs and will not be able to keep up with the likes of Fabregas and Mascherano if they are in the PL next season. We need a quality midfielder brought in to partner either guthrie or barton depending on who fairs best in the PL – sell nolan to fund this move as there are better players for arounf his value

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  • RichK

    Jun 15, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #4

    I agree if he’s played as an out and out central midfielder he’s not fit/sharp enough, but I think his best role is behind a lone striker and I’d imagine we will play that system a lot next season, particularly away from home, so I think Nolan still has a big role to play. Agreed that we still need another CM though.

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  • flair20

    Jun 15, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #5

    RichK, I couldn’t agree more. People are always talking about how Nolan didn’t play that well all last season despite his goals, how he didn’t do well for us in the Premiership, in addition to the fact he struggled at Bolton after Allayduce left. When Nolan came to prominence – and was on the brink of the England squad – he was playing behind the striker in a 4-5-1 for Bolton. This is his natural position. He has never played consistently well in a 4-4-2 for any team or any manager – it’s just not his natural position.

    As you’ve suggested, I also believe a 4-5-1 with Nolan behind Carroll would be our best formation for most matches next season. This would make us hard to beat, make the most of the abundance of central midfielders we have in our squad and, of course, get the best out of Kevin Nolan, who has proven over the years that he is not just a Premiership player in that position but a GOOD Premiership player in that position.

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  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Jun 15, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Ive changed my mind about who to sell and it should be smith instead of nolan
    However, we do need a quality striker brought in as carrol is too young and unpredictable to rely on

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  • flair20

    Jun 15, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #7

    I don’t believe we should sell Smith, his experience, influence and ability to break up attacks will be crucial in the Premiership. Happy enough with Carroll though, unless he goes to jail of course…

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  • jimiley

    Jun 15, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #8

    We need Smith for his goals and Nolan for his speed. Both will replicate their form when they last played in the Premiership.

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  • jimiley

    Jun 15, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #9

    We may stay up but struggling to 6th bottom will dismay a lot of fans. What then fat man? Progress to 7th bottom with more loan signings?

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  • The-Ciaran8

    Jun 15, 2010 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #10

    did anyone see gervinho for Ivory coast

    He looked quility 23 from lille.

    4-5 mil.

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  • The-Ciaran8

    Jun 15, 2010 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #11

    did anyone see gervinho for Ivory coast

    He looked quility 23 from lille.

    4-5 mil.

    ..

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  • flair20

    Jun 16, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #12

    @The-Ciaran8 Good call, you gonna pay the 4-5 mil? Coz Ashley isn’t.

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