Goodbye Kevin Nolan

Before the elation of the Liverpool game the big talking point of the week was Captain Kevin Nolan leaving. No one wanted Kevin Nolan to leave in a negative way because despite last season he was a fantastic player for the club.

Joining when the team got relegated and Big Sam came in, Nolan took over as captain of the team and truly did lead by example and the majority of West Ham fans would agree we wouldn’t have been back in the premier league without him and that is partly down to his leadership and of course his goals. In the championship he scored 13 goals including a brilliant strike for his goal at home against Derby. He also started the move that lead to Vaz Te’s winning goal in the play-off final.

Nolan then went on to be our top goal scorer in the first two seasons in the top flight scoring 10 and then 7 goals which were vital in staying up both seasons. As well as scoring on the first day of the season back in the premier league to secure a victory against Aston Villa, he went on to be reunited with Andy Carroll to score against Fulham then rescue a point in the dying minutes against Sunderland at home. He ended the season on a high with a fantastic hat trick against Reading to get the top scorer award. The next season wasn’t so good for him or West Ham as despite again being top scorer with just 7 goals he got sent off twice in quick succession against Liverpool and Fulham at a time where the club really needed a strong leader to see them through a rough patch.

The following season he didn’t play as much after getting a shoulder injury but in the 2nd half to the season he did go back to playing quite a few games however he just wasn’t the same Nolan from previous seasons and that was nothing to do with lack of effort but just getting a bit older and not being as fast or consistent as he was previously. The relationship with the fans wouldn’t of been as bad as it became had Sam realised this and played him less and substituted him when needed, If that had been done some fans would of remembered how good a captain he was.

Tweets and messages flooded in from players like Andy Carroll, Adrian, James Tomkins and Collins praising him for what he done for the club and especially for doing so much behind the scenes that maybe fans weren’t aware of but that saved the team in one of their worst times. He was Captain fantastic for the club and that will never be forgotten so all fans should wish him well and look forward to seeing the next captain which we assume will be Mark Noble take over the reins of the team he loves so much.

 

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