Is this former Newcastle favourite needed back at St. James’ Park?

Although no one quite expected Newcastle United to set the Premier League alight this season, the current campaign has certainly proven a tough one for the St. James’ Park faithful to endure so far.

The team look void of confidence across almost every area of the pitch for their manager, Steve McClaren himself arguably fails to represent a coach worthy of operating in the English top-flight – and although the Premier League plays host to several other significant strugglers near the bottom of the table, the Magpies could still find themselves in real trouble come the end of the season.

Although Sam Allardyce’s current Sunderland outfit have shown a fair interest in the player in question of late, could former Newcastle United captain and fan-favourite Kevin Nolan be needed down at St. James’ Park this winter?

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Whilst several voices throughout the Magpies support may indeed turn their noses up at such a proposition, maybe Kevin Nolan is an asset Steve McClaren should at least consider.

As the former Bolton and West Ham skipper currently goes down as an available free agent, Newcastle wouldn’t necessarily have to acquire his services throughout the January transfer window, leaving the club’s resources open for any other player that may take McClaren’s fancy this month.

Kevin Nolan isn’t exactly the most technically gifted player out there, however. He often fails to offer a great deal from a pure footballing perspective and arguably stops the more exciting flair based players from doing their thing.

The now 33-year-old obviously isn’t operating within the prime years of his career anymore, and as many West Ham fans grew increasingly frustrated with the midfielder’s presence throughout his playing days at Upton Park, maybe any potential move bringing the former Bolton man back to St. James’ Park would have to go down as a somewhat desperate one.

Yet, because the word ‘desperate’ seemingly arrives as a rather adequate description of Steve McClaren’s struggling outfit at the minute, perhaps Nolan could be seen as a viable option for the Magpies after all.

Although the Liverpool-born attacker sometimes disappoints with the ball at his feet, Kevin Nolan arguably represents one of the best out-and-out leaders to have made a case for themselves in the Premier League. His captaincy skills have always served to solidify whichever team he has played for in the Premier League, which could potentially make him a standout option for the Newcastle hierarchy.

He wouldn’t necessarily have to start every single match for McClaren’s side of course, but he could very well influence proceedings behind the scenes and in the St. James’ Park dressing room. As Nolan also experienced a strong relationship with the Newcastle fan-base during his spell in the North East, Steve McClaren could possibly win some supporters over with the 33-year-old back within the first team set-up.

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The Magpies are clearly lacking a strong sense of leadership all across the park this season. Although a selection of McClaren’s players do in-fact possess all the necessary technical skill to make it in the Premier League, the Tynesiders simply need a no-nonsense leader within their squad in order to guarantee survival.

Newcastle have ultimately come across as slight push-overs this term. They have lost certain matches that could have possibly been saved with a strong skipper out there, for although Fabricio Coloccini has been a great club servant on Tyneside, his overall ability as captain has often failed to bring about the desired impact.

So although the potential capture of 33-year-old Kevin Nolan wouldn’t exactly go down as a bright new signing for the future at St. James’ Park, the former Bolton and West Ham man could easily do a job for Newcastle this season.

With a further selection of fresh new players drafted in this January, Steve McClaren’s side could very well benefit from the subtle inclusion of their former leader throughout course of the current campaign.