Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew feels that the club are indebted to Kevin Nolan for the vital role that he played for the side when he was there.
The West Ham United attacking midfielder represented Newcastle between 2009-2011 and Pardew has paid testament to his ability today.
Nolan joined the Magpies when they were at a low point, following relegation to the Championship, but he helped guide the side back into the top-tier and then establish their place back in the Premier League.
He left for West Ham back in 2011 after being deemed surplus to requirements, but Pardew hasn't forgotten about the role the 32-year-old played at St. James' Park when he was there.
“Kevin was brilliant at this football club," Pardew told the Sunderland Echo.
“We owe him a lot – all the players here – with the professionalism he brought and the winning mentality.
“But the players are generally a lot quieter than Kevin.
“We want players to be more vocal. I would like more Kevin Nolan’s in my group."
Nolan played 91 times for Newcastle, scoring 30 times, and even wore the captain's armband for a spell.
At West Ham he has been similarly influential, helping the side back into the Premier League in the 2011/12 season, but he has had to take more of a backseat role this season.
Sam Allardyce is a known admirer of the experienced midfielder, but he has had to leave him out of the team due to the form of some of the other members of his squad.
Nolan has played eight times in all competitions so far, with most his time being spent on the substitutes' bench.
He will be hoping to play from the start against his former club this weekend, though.
West Ham and Newcastle are both starting to dream of a European-spot after making good starts to the season and they will be determined to pick up the three points on Saturday.