Gardner showed great finesse to curl in a free-kick against Leicester City, and he has repeatedly highlighted a great ability to strike a football from range.
However, the former Birmingham City man is generally regarded as a combative midfielder rather than a ball-player.
And Nicholas is confused as to why Gardner plays with such aggression, when he actually has the ability to dictate the play.
“Do you know why he confuses me? He can control that ball, and he’s really good at it, but he always wants to get in a fight,” Nicholas said. “He’s better than that. He always looks like he wants to be more competitive, but you see how well he strikes the ball, and he could be more of a link-up man.”
Gardner has been a key part of West Brom’s season this term, and he has played 29 times for Tony Pulis’ side in all competitions.
The 29-year-old has been tasked with providing a shield for the Baggies’ defence, while also breaking forward and supporting the attack.
Gardner’s form has been very impressive in recent weeks, and he now has scored twice in his last three appearances.
The central midfielder’s strong run of form has helped the Baggies improve their standing in the Premier League table.
Pulis’s side have taken 10 of the last 12 points available to them, and they now sit comfortably in mid table.