There’s a bit of an absurd story making the rounds today – that Everton are being linked with a summer move for Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan, if they lose the services of South African Steven Pienaar.
Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan – Everton interested
It’s not absurd that Everton could be interested, because Kevin is playing his best football ever at Newcastle, but it’s a little daft to think Everton have any chance of signing the 28 year-old Newcastle captain.
The South African looks like he wants to leave Everton and become a free agent next summer, and be able to negotiate a plum new contract with another club, and if that happens the news is that Goodison boss David Moyes could go after Newcastle’s Kevin Nolan.
Nolan has been a huge success on Tyneside over the last 21 months, and was just brilliant least season in the second division of English football, and not surprisingly was voted the Championship player of the year.
Kevin scored 18 goals last season, but he’s also shown he can score goals at the highest levels, with 7 goals so far this season, and is top goalscorer this season at Newcastle – so far.
Nolan was signed by Joe Kinnear, when he was manager of Newcastle, in January of 2009 and cost a low £4M from Bolton, and that’s now looking like another bargain basement deal for the Tyneside club.
But Kevin is going nowhere, and from his comments of the last year or so, he doesn’t want to leave Newcastle, and he’s also been a huge help to current manager Chris Hughton on Tyneside and has become the real leader of the club, and has talked often about getting the famous Newcastle back into Europe, just as soon as possible.
As (and if) Newcastle continue to do well this season, we have to expect other clubs becoming interested in some of our players, so that’s a good sign the team is doing very well, and being in 7th position will see us in the Europa Cup next season, if we can hold that position by the end of the season.
But we’d be very happy just to survive in our first season back with the big boys, and we’ll hardly get carried away with things – well not too much anyway. 😀