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Kevin Nolan & Joey Barton situations point to major Premier League change

6 years ago

Kevin Nolan could be on his way back to former club Bolton Wanderers, if they can afford him…

Having agreed his release from West Ham, no doubt free agent Nolan at the age of 33, will be looking for one last payday as a player.

Bolton manager Neil Lennon says that he has always liked the former Newcastle midfielder and Bolton would be interested if the finance side worked out.

It is maybe a sign of the times and a result of the extra cash that all Premier League clubs get these days.

In the past you would have fancied the likes of Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton (now at Burnley) at their ages to still get picked up by lower Premier League clubs.

However, with the likes of Watford, Norwich and Bournemouth all spending big money to try and give them a chance of staying up, it means that players such as Nolan are now squeezed out.

It is little wonder that Mike Ashley at last gave the go ahead to this summer’s investment in the transfer market.

Kevin Nolan scored an impressive 30 goals in the two full seasons he was at St James Park, as Newcastle were promoted and then stabilised in the top tier.

That era of Newcastle’s senior players have now entered that stage where they have retired (Harper, Lovenkrands) or are in the final stages (Shola, Barton, Smith, Nolan, Coloccini, Jonas) of their careers.

Neil Lennon talking about Kevin Nolan to the Bolton News:

“It comes down to finances but I’m not sure Kevin fits the criteria of what we are looking for – I don’t know whether we could afford him.

“He is certainly a good type and I have always liked him. He knows where the goal is as a midfielder. I know his reputation at Bolton is very good and if we could do a deal, then possibly.”


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