Kevin Nolan comes back from his two game suspension tomorrow afternoon at Blackpool.
Kevin Nolan – when last in action against Wolves
And he will partner Cheick Tiote in central midfield, and both players have been missed big time since they have been out on two game suspensions.
Kevin is a huge player for Newcastle, and hopefully he can get back on the goals trail tomorrow at Bloomfield Road, against a side with the worst defense in goals conceded (69 and 33 of those at home), in the Premier League.
Kevin Nolan so far has 12 goals for the season, the most of any central midfielder in the Premier League.
Kevin talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“The 12 I’ve scored in the league is a career-best.” “I once scored 13, but only 11 were in the league.” “It’s about me making sure I work hard for the next few games, and doubly hard in the summer to make sure I get at least 12 next year.”
“Hopefully, we can start building at this club, and once we’ve secured our Premier League status we can try start to climb as high up the table as we can.” “Next year, we’ll hopefully get some signings in the summer and go on from there.”
“It’s nice being in the top 10, and if we can maintain that between now and the end of the season that’ll be a fantastic return for us.” “Then it’s about being ambitious and maintaining that spot.
“Hopefully, we can start breaking back into Europe in the next few years.”
This summer is really a testing time for owner Mike Ashley, who is now worth close to $2B in net worth, and the Newcastle Board have a chance to show just how ambitious the club is these days.
Selling Andy Carroll not only caused much delusion and even anger with the Newcastle fan base, but Jose Enrique and Joey Barton were both dismayed that Newcastle would sell one of their very best players – for any price – and especially when he was a local lad wearing the famous number 9 shirt too.
But that’s water under the Tyne Bridge now, and there’s nothing that can be done about it, it’s happened – it’s done and dusted.
Newcastle have shown a few times this season that in Kevin Nolan, Cheick Tiote, Mike Williamson, Jose Enrique, Jonas Gutierrez and others, that they have some great players in the squad.
If Newcastle can bring in say six top players this summer, through free transfers and by using a big chunk of the £35M the club got from Liverpool in January for Andy, the squad could be improved immensely.
That’s what we are hoping for – and that’s what the Newcastle fans will be hoping for – but the ball is now firmly in Mike Ashley’s court.
Your serve Mike.