Kevin Nolan Fit And Ready For Action At West Ham

Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan is not guaranteed to start on Saturday at West Ham United.

Kevin Nolan – to start on Saturday?

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton talked about his captain today to the Evening Chronicle:

“Kevin is fit and available.” “I made a decision last week to leave him out completely and allow, in particular, his ankle to have a rest.”

“With Kevin, what you have is a player who can play in one of three positions – in a midfield position, off the front, or up front.” “He has been a big player for us, and he gives me options.”

Kevin wants to play week in and week out, and sometimes, such as if he is carrying a very slight injury, that may not be best for him, and if he is rested for a week it gives those slight niggles time to heal completely.

That seems exactly what Chris did last Saturday and didn’t even include him on the bench so the Liverpudlian was guaranteed a rest.

Chris added:

“Kevin wants to play in every game – he is a wholehearted player.” “He trains well every day and wants to play all the time.” “Sometimes, though, it is impossible to play in every game.” “It was my decision to rest him, and all you want when you do that is for him to come back stronger and fitter.”

“I am sure he will be better for his rest.” “Ultimately, it is not about Kevin – it is about picking 11 players.” “I have to make a decision not only for a particular game, but for every game.”  “I have to make a decision on what I feel is the right 11 for a game. Kevin will be no different to anybody else.”

It’s very clear to everybody now, that not one single player is guaranteed a start week in week out at Newcastle, and that even goes for the captain, Kevin Nolan.

Chris certainly has a good philosophy on the game and on the squad system, and he will be hoping that Kevin comes back on Saturday that much better for the rest,  and maybe he can even get a goal or two.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Oct 21, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #1

    So we will be back to 4 – 4 (+ Nolan) – 1 formation vs hammers then

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Oct 21, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #2

    Dont be suprised to see…

    ************ Krul
    Perch ** Collo ** Willo ** ElToro
    ************ Tiote

    Guthrie **** Barton ****** Jonas
    ************ Nolan
    *********** Carroll

    Soderberg, Simpson, Routledge, Saylor, Ameobi, McLoven, Smith

  • Moreno

    Oct 21, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Away from home 4-4-1-1 has worked a treat this season, we were screwed at man city so I reckon stick with that at upton park

    At home think we should be more focused on 2 strikers

  • Thump

    Oct 21, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #4

    Funnily enough, I don’t think so. We played a bloody good game against Wigan in 4-4-2 despite our earlier problems but that can be fixed by actually DROPPING PERCH FFS!

    On a lighter note, I’m loving these kevinandandy tweets haha

    Porridge just came on, Andy’s face sunk so I flicked over.”

    Having a kick around in the garden with Andy. The ball hit the neighbours greenhouse and broke a window! Hope they don’t call the police…”

    Resolved the issue with the neighbour and the greenhouse window. He thought Andy had done it, obviously I’m more accurate eh Andy 😉 #nufc”!/kevinandandy

    Classic 😀

  • Thump

    Oct 21, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #5
  • peterktoon

    Oct 21, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #6

    what about give R Taylor a chance on the right wing instead Guthrie??..
    Guthrie is CM!!!


    Oct 21, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #7

    i can see a reality tv show; the adventures of andy and kevin

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Oct 21, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #8

    @ peterktoon // Oct 21, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    I wanna see Xisco on the right, he played there pre season and did well.

  • peterktoon

    Oct 21, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #9

    maybe he could do a good job there but if Xisco dosn’t do a good job then us fans will slay him and to be fair to Xisco he is a striker and hasn’t had a chance to show s what hes got

  • Rowan Milsted

    Oct 21, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #10

    I hope Nolan does start, I thinks he’s a quality player, works hard, leads by example, can score goals and has experience in battling it out in the PL. Love him! I’ve been thinking and we may see Simpson at RB and R Taylor RW, which would be a good thing methinks…

  • thepict

    Oct 21, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #11
  • aoOjee

    Oct 21, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Rowan Milsted, i couldnt agree more! we missed you vs Wigan Nolan!

  • Sav

    Oct 22, 2010 at 3:18 AM

    Comment #13

    The Brand New Chrome Range Rover complete with leather trim, top-of-the-range sound system and games console.

    …also available in black.

  • willowdalerez

    Oct 22, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #14

    I would like to see Nolan back in the line-up but Hughton must find a way to slide Lovenkrands in the mix too. Too much talent there just riding the bench. On another note Barton better start feeding the ball into Carroll better b/c our lad is not seeing enough action. He needs time on the ball to earn that No. 9 he’s wearing and its crystal clear he has the skills but he needs the ball if he’s ever going to live up to the hype.


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