Kevin Nolan Is A Better Player Than I Thought He Was

Alan Pardew is very quickly finding out who the important players are in his Newcastle squad, and of course one huge player for Newcastle United is captain Kevin Nolan.

Kevin Nolan and that daft duck walk – after scoring last Sunday

Kevin had a tough time of it when he first arrived on Tyneside two years ago, but last season he was phenomenal for the club with 18 goals in 48 appearances,  and this season he already has 10 goals in 21 appearances, and of course assumed the captaincy last August.

Andy Carroll is rightly getting the accolades for making the step up to the Premier League this season, and the Geordie lad has 11 goals already to his name, but Kevin is just one goal short of that total – and he’s  a midfielder.

Alan Pardew thinks that Kevin Nolan should get an England  call-up from Fabio Capello, since worse players have played for Capello in the last couple of years.

This is what Alan said today:

“Kevin could play for England,” “Have there been players who are not as good as him who have played for England? Yes, there have been.”

“Could he play in the future? Personally I would really hope that he would get a cap. If you can deserve a cap for England, he deserves one.”

As the Newcastle captain Nolan represents the players in a weekly Monday morning meeting with Pardew at Newcastle training grounds at Benton, to talk about the weekend game  and to discuss any issues there may be.

And apparently last Monday Alan told Kevin that he was a better player than he had thought, and   Pardew has seen quickly that Kevin is a right character and a great talent too:

“But the one thing that I said to him on Monday is that I actually think he is a better player than I thought he was,”

“That is a compliment to him because we all know he is a good player but he is so efficient. He doesn’t really waste possession.”

“Wherever it comes to him, whatever angle, he seems to control it and keep the ball. He is not elaborate with the ball. He is not a manoeuverer of the ball.”

“He is efficient with the ball and when it comes in the box he has a nous and a strikers nose for goals. We were looking at it and he must have seven goals from set-plays.”

Kevin missed  Thursday training with a throat infection, but we hope he’s in the side today against Spurs, and is not a shock omission because of his sore throat – take a bunch of lozenges before the game – that should do the trick.

It seems that Alan has also recognized that Kevin has everything needed to be a top manager himself, when his playing days are over, but at just 28 years old Kevin still has a lot of season to play for Newcastle.

Alan continued:.

“It is important that when you are a senior player you need to change your game,”  “At certain points Kevin will have to change part of his game. You cant get around the pitch when you start getting older.”

“Kevin has a real manager’s knowledge of the game and I could probably see him doing that role one day. You can see he has the credentials for that job. No problem.”

Kevin will be an important player today, against Tottenham, because from those corner kicks he stays on the goal line, and seems so adept at being in the right place at the right time.

How many goals has he scored from two yards out this season from those corner kicks coming in from Joey Barton?

Quite a few, including the goal against Sunderland last Sunday.

Maybe he can get one or even two of those today.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • stuckdownsouth

    Jan 22, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #1

    He’s a better player than I thought he was! In all honesty I was telling anybody who would listen that he was to slow for the Prem up to about the West Ham game, since then he’s been outstanding. More of the same today please Kevin, Im backing you to score first 2-1.

  • dingotoon

    Jan 22, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Its funny I thought he was older than 28, he has been around for a long time cause he has been playing regular first team football since 18!

  • toonfan76

    Jan 22, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #3

    I personally think if Fabio Capello grew some balls he could have Barton, Caroll and Nolan as a nucleus of the England squad, they know each others game and England could profit from that

  • davcon22

    Jan 22, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4

    The blokes a class act!! My player of the season so far,and thats saying something bearing in mind how Carroll,Barton and Tiote have been playing.

  • toonfan76

    Jan 22, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5

    I also think the England squad should be selected on Form. I know Barton may have sounded a bit of a big head with his comments the other day but I agree with him, He said it because his previous actions would stop anyone else from putting his name forward, so he had to point out the facts himself.

  • Spuggy

    Jan 22, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #6

    Top PL goalscorer tells you all you need to know. He’s a brilliant player, and folks should stop leaving him out of their squads. His experience is invaluable to the youngsters around him too.

    Berbatov Man Utd 14
    Tevez Man City 14
    Carroll Newcastle 11
    Nolan Newcastle 10
    Cahill Everton 9
    Elmander Bolton 9
    Nasri Arsenal 9
    Van der Vaart Tottenham 9
    Bent Sunderland 8
    Drogba Chelsea 8
    Malouda Chelsea 8

  • Spuggy

    Jan 22, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #7

    And look at the teams that some of these players play in…

  • connor_nufc

    Jan 22, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #8

    If bothroyd can get called up then y not barton and.nolan

  • Brutooon

    Jan 22, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #9

    England squad will never win anything when the likes of Barton and Nolan was not called (according to form)

  • dingotoon

    Jan 22, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #10

    Spuggy, our players are the only ones not to play regular international football although Carroll will play more in the future so that just leaves Nolan!

  • leedodd

    Jan 22, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #11

    Kev Nolan is a Class Act Never Gives Up – Give him a Chance for England !!!!!!!!!!!!! If He wasnt with us last Season or this one even we would have been right in it Without his goals !!!!! Give him a New 5 Year Contract !!!!!!!!!

  • toonfan76

    Jan 22, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #12


    Just thought i’d mention, It’s Bent- Aston Villa now.
    Ha Ha Ha

  • ArtyH

    Jan 22, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #13

    I heard Kevin had a chest infection and not a sore throat. If this is true he could maybe play with a sore throat but not a chest infection!
    Hope its the former and he can play today!

  • nden85

    Jan 22, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #14

    anyone else read this:,19528,11661_6692306,00.html

    Larsson didn’t reject us according to his agent, Birmingham pulled the plug and have been messing him about.

  • magpie999

    Jan 22, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #15

    Kevin Nolan is probably the best club captain I can remember, every bit as good as Shearer.

    He always talks sense and I could really imagine myself as a squad member looking up to him.

    nden85…the article states he couldn’t agree terms…he still wants too much money so he can bugg’r off for me

  • nden85

    Jan 22, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #16

    magpie999: at no point in that article does is say he couldn’t agree terms with newcastle, it says:

    “So, we had been in talks with Newcastle until this Wednesday when the plug was pulled again and Birmingham decided they wanted to keep Seb.”

    Thats a direct quote from his agent saying that birmingham pulled the plug on the move and now larsson is pissed off and has requested a transfer.

  • nufcgaz687

    Jan 22, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #17

    england has always been the same there is a click to the team they will never pick the inform players look at a few years ago when kevin Phillips was at the scum he was the leading English goal scorer in the league and didn’t get a looking cappello said he would pick the form players well the scoring charts say he is the best scoring midfielder in england at the moment so come on cappello get ur finger out

  • belfastgeordie87

    Jan 22, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #18

    the fa would probly ask terry butcher to come out of retirement before pickin barton,its a shame like,cause barton is one of the best midfielders they have.

  • magpie999

    Jan 22, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #19

    nden85 ?????

    Larsson could not agree terms with Newcastle, but obviously would like the chance to talk to other interested parties.

    Newcastle and Sunderland confirmed last week they were no longer interested.

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 22, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #20

    You look at nolans goals and you think well anyone could have scored them, but he just has the knack of it and is a great finisher.

    Hate to say it but big sam got it right when he said hes an average premiership midfielder who just comes alive on set peices and in the box where hes just top class.

    Couldt belive his goal last week. TWICE he scored at St James bcuase bardsley didnt mark him right, so they put bardsley on him again and he does the same! Bruce said he didnt watch the 5-1, well clearly! Defending wise its not rocket sicentist to put a player in front of him, but hey the more teams that dont do that the better.


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