Ok, so I guess we now have a conundrum in the shape and form of Kevin Nolan!
There is no doubt that Kevin has been a great servant to the club and he has arguably been the best captain we have had for a long time. With exception of maybe Lucas Niell. I don’t even want to nearly compare him to Matthew Upson!
When Kevin joined us in 2011 we were in the Championship and indeed needed a player of his quality and standing and with 31 goals to his name he has definitely lived up to his, sometimes way too demanding reputation. However as the years have ticked by it has become increasingly obvious that we are outgrowing him.
Don’t get me wrong. his constant selection last season was frustrating but it really wasn’t his fault. He had a manager who was (for want of a better word) obsessed with playing him. What was he suppose to do when he was selected, say ‘no you’re alright boss, I’ll sit this one out’?? No one can blame him for being selected for games and to be honest the abuse he received on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook was disgusting!
There is absolutely no doubt at all that Kevin is a great player and a very good captain. I just can’t help but think that Premiership football has escaped him and maybe he would be much better suited to an enthusiastic Championship club, much as we were when he joined us 4 years ago.