Player Exit Was No Mistake
Kevin Nolan scored the poacher’s goal that won the three points but it wasn’t as if we saw anything that we hadn’t seen before.
The media obviously want to build the story into something along the lines of ‘Newcastle pay the price for the one they let get away’, the reality is that we once again saw a player with no mobility who has the knack for scoring goals but who you have to build a team around to accommodate him.
Nolan did well for us but we wouldn’t have had a season like the last one, both in terms of results and quality of football, if the scouser had still been in black and white.
Nolan was after a new contract that would have taken him up to just days short of his thirty fourth birthday and while I think in many ways Mike Ashley’s transfer strategy is missing the mark, in this case I think parting ways with Nolan was the right one.
After the match Nolan had this to say;
“I’d shake the owner’s hand as willingly as I’d shake Alan’s (Pardew) because I got on well with them, they were good to me. I hope there’s no animosity between us, I built up a great relationship with people while I was there.
People have opinions but I’m a big man and I can take them. I needed to get the best for me and they needed to get what they felt was best for them”.
No doubt some people would want to draw comparisons between the performances of Nolan and Cabaye on Sunday but I think the story of Sunday’s match was the lack of options for Alan Pardew as he was forced to play players carrying knocks who have he’d preferred not to, including possibly Yohan Cabaye.
Wets Ham significantly strengthened their squad in the summer, which to an extent they’d have had to anyway with being a promoted team, but that doesn’t excuse the lack of investment in our squad which was undoubtedly needed.
Well it was undoubtedly needed if the club had any intention of building on what could have been a breakthrough season last time around. Whether this Newcastle squad is still strong enough to drag this season in the right direction could well be seen in the next set of what looked seemingly ‘winnable’ games, as well as Sunday just gone.
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