Owners pulled off No big deal
SAM ALLARDYCE has hailed West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold for having the bottle to sign Kevin Nolan when the Hammers were in the Championship.
The cash they invested in the former Newcastle midfielder paid dividends when the Hammers were promoted last season.
And the Scouser is still doing the business as West Ham battle to re-establish themselves in the Premier League, netting the equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Sunderland at the weekend.
Allardyce said: “Kevin is value for money in the Premier League, but he was a very expensive player to sign in the Championship – so give credit to David Sullivan and David Gold for spending that money on that sort of player.
“Look at his CV. He has scored 10 goals, nine goals, 11 goals, nine goals in the Premier League year after year.
“He is a player who no-one should underestimate as his record is first class.
“He reminds me of David Platt in some ways as he ghosts into the box and no-one realises he is there until the ball is in the net. He’s a top player.”