St James Park skipper pleased to see former team-mate move to Anfield.
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Kevin Nolan has risked upsetting Newcastle fans by saying he was “delighted” for Andy Carroll when Liverpool made their £35million swoop.
He said: “When we first heard about the move he asked me what I thought. You can imagine my reaction. I was delighted for him.”
“I’m gutted we’ve lost him but delighted he’s gone to a fantastic club.”
Some Newcastle fans who have seen the comments yesterday were far from chuffed that Nolan has been so gushing about the transfer that Alan Pardew said left his squad “disillusioned and vulnerable.”
Nolan added: “Liverpool are getting a top, top player. Obviously I’ve had a lot of texts and calls over the last day or so. I’m quite surprised at how pleased everyone is with it. He’s only just burst onto the scene in the last six months.
“He’s going to be a great addition to what is a new start for Liverpool.
“Believe me you have got a top, top player. He’s going to be one of the best. There’s no-one like him in the league. He’ll score and create goals. He’ll also show great desire and commitment. That’s what Liverpool fans want and deserve.
“We always knew he had the talent. It was just whether he had the temperament. He has got that and has everything.
“Some things have been written about him that I think have been unfair. When he gets on that pitch with the quality of players you have, with Stevie and the likes of Meireles putting it on a plate for him, he won’t let them down. I’m very confident about that.
“I loved playing with him. He’ll give you everything he has got and make sure the central defenders come off knowing they’ve had a game.
“People say he’s an old-fashioned type of centre forward but I’m sure over the next five years or so you’ll see that he has more than that in his game. I think it showed in the goal he scored against Liverpool at our place this season, that he has the talent to strike a great ball too.”
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
I’m not sure that Kevin Nolan has said anything particularly controversial here.
Sure, he could have shown more disappointment, but getting too downbeat about Newcastle losing Carroll would only bring a negative atmosphere to the club.
Newcastle United have undoubtedly lost a fine player, but there certainly are three worse teams than them in the Premier League, and they ought to survive so they can invest the £35m in the summer.
Should that money be used wisely, the Magpies could emerge stronger than they were at the beginning of this season.
As for Liverpool, a new era seems to have started at Anfield.
Luis Suarez looks to be an excellent signing, and Carroll certainly provides something different.
If he is anywhere near as prolific as he has been for Newcastle so far, no one will question his fee.
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