Kevin Nolan left Newcastle almost two years ago, as did Joey Barton, and we certainly didn’t miss them last season, when we had a terrific season and finished 5th top of the Premier League, and just missed out on a Champions League place.
Alan Pardew – lots of reasons – but not many results recently
At that time we had only five French players in the squad, and now that’s been increased to ten with the January transfer window, and against Liverpool in the second half, seven of Newcastle’s team were French.
We say that because there was a distinct lack of Premier League experience in the side, and we should see more of the experienced players in the side tomorrow at West Ham.
And don’t forget that when Kevin Nolan joined us in January four years ago, he had already played over 300 games for Bolton in the Premier League, yet still struggled mightily in his first four months at the Tyneside club.
So it’s even harder for our five new French recruits, who came in with no Premier League experience at all.
And it seems that Alan Pardew is now saying we miss Kevin Nolan a lot, and that there’s no player like him in the current Newcastle side- but bear in mind we didn’t seem to miss him last season.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“What Kevin has is a real knowledge of how to win games in the Premier League. Kevin used to find positions on the pitch just through his own nous, he is sniffing chances out.”
“He is a worry for us. In terms of leadership in the group we have got that but in different ways.” “I wouldn’t say Fabricio Coloccini is like Kevin, I wouldn’t say Yohan Cabaye is like Kevin, or Shola Ameobi is like Kevin, but they are kind of our leading group and we look to them now.”
“One of the problems I faced in this group if I am honest is not a language problem, not a cultural problem it’s been inexperience. We still have a lot of inexperience on the pitch.”
One way to look at success or failure is that you either get the results – or you get the reasons why you didn’t get the results – and we’ve heard an awful lot of reasons from Alan Pardew in the last three weeks, and most of the season for that matter
The time to get results is now – and if we cannot tough out some results in our last three games, we probably deserve to be relegated.
It’s really as simple as that.
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