Kevin Nolan is out for up to two months with a broken toe, and it’s brought on mixed feelings for fans of West Ham. Some were gutted that our captain would be out of action, while others rejoiced and felt that it was a blessing in disguise.
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But will we miss our skipper? I’m just not sure we will. We triumphed away at Stoke last weekend without him, and if you consider our recent run of away form that’s no mean feat. Considering that that wasn’t just without Nolan; it was without Mark Noble as well. With Matty Taylor and Joe Cole going off within the first 11 minutes we still had the strength in our midfield to bring on Jack Collison and Ricardo Vaz Te and take all three points back to East London.
If it was Winston Reid – who I feel has been massively solid for us so far this season – who had the injury, I would be more worried. The fact that we seem to have quite the midfield selection to choose from, and it was those second choice players who effectively sealed the win for us last weekend, means that I’m not concerned.
There was also the feeling that Sam Allardyce would never drop Nolan despite some poor performances, and so this could give some of the fringe players a chance to show Big Sam what they’re made of. I think Jack Collison deserves a run in the first team, and I really feel he has the skills to ensure that we don’t end up looking back on Nolan’s injury as the catalyst that tarnished our season.
What do you think – will we miss Nolan? Or will we show that we can do just as well without him? As always, leave a comment or tweet me at @alwaysintune.
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