Kevin Nolan’s goal against his former side Bolton on Saturday, was an excellently taken goal from a half chance, with a well placed header.
Kevin Nolan – if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck ……….
And that was Kevin’s 11th goal of the season and he is now joint goal-scorer at Newcastle – not bad for a midfielder.
And it seems that Kevin’s play has surprised manager Alan Pardew, who says Kevin is a lot better technically that he thought he was.
And of course we’ve always known Kevin was just a born leader, and has become an excellent captain of Newcastle United.
This is what Alan Pardew said today about his captain:
“He is better than I thought he was,” “Technically he is more accomplished than I gave him credit for. Maybe that’s because of Bolton’s style when he was there.”
“He is as important to us as those players are for their teams,” “He has a knack of getting a goal. “He just pops up and scores – all types of goals – which is unusual for a central midfield player.”
“He is technically sound in everything he does.” “He sets the right example as captain on and off the pitch. His behavior in the Andy Carroll situation, when Andy was perhaps losing his way a bit, was important.”
“Things like that make him a great leader. He keeps an even keel. The signing of Cheick is a boost for Kev, he has good energy and gives Kevin the license to get in the box.”
Kevin was signed for £4M from Bolton just over two years ago, and has been a great player for Newcastle and he’s a class act too.
He has played 86 times for Newcastle with 29 goals – a fantastic record, and while he was at Bolton, where he was also captain, he played 345 times with 50 goals.
Kevin’s deal with Newcastle runs out in the summer of 2013, and we’d love him to get an extended contract on Tyneside, and there have been recent rumors that’s exactly what Alan Pardew wants to do.
Kevin has been a great player for Newcastle and is a great captain, and epitomizes what Newcastle are all about – guts and glory – and of course this season Kevin scored 4 goals against the old enemy – Sunderland.
What more can you ask of a Newcastle captain? 😀