So this wouldn’t be the same Kevin Nolan who played in the second half of our last relegation season? Obviously it must be that other Kevin Nolan, the French one. Not the Kevin Nolan who came to St.James’ Park and didn’t score a single goal as United sank into the Championship with barely a ripple.
You can do all the homework possible on any player but if you have never seen him when the chips are down and you require hard work and determination and a bit of scrap – you might end up with what we have now, a bunch of players who individually seem like excellent players and good buys.
No investment last summer and then we bring in five players from abroad and drop them into a relegation fight in January with no time to adapt. That plus not bringing in a striker to replace Demba Ba have been the biggest factors, not necessarily what time we have our frog’s legs and chips for tea.
With higher average salaries in the Premier league combined with the more attractive tax situation this side of the channel, it can only make it even more attractive for top French players to consider joining the likes of Cabaye and Sissoko at St.James’ Park.
Many Newcastle fans have blasted Pardew’s long ball approach seeing it as aimless and highly unproductive. It seems though that Pardew was attempting to play the tactic which was essentially created for Cabaye, without him.
Fair play to the club for this initiative and with only a handful of tickets remaining on sale we could have a cracking atmosphere and match to look forward to, just your typical 1.30 on a Sunday kick-off..
Peter Beardsley; “Cabaye is fantastic in this work. He is a role model. He watches over others. For us, it’s called ‘low maintenance’. He inspires others. I tell you, he is an example. My wife even thinks I’m in love with him …”.
At the time pro-war congressmen in Washington went so far as to have French fries in Capitol cafeterias renamed “freedom fries” so politicians and staff wouldn’t have to refer to France on an empty stomach!