ZAMORA’S THE FULL PACKAGE
CHRIS Hughton compares the influence of striker Bobby Zamora to that of Kevin Nolan during Newcastle’s promotion from the Championship in 2010.
Zamora, 34, rejoined the Seagulls in August, 12 years after leaving for spells at Spurs, West Ham and Fulham. The striker netted 83 goals in 136 games during his first spell, earning cult status and ensuring he received a hero’s reception on his return to the south coast.
“The thing that really interested me with Bobby – and I don’t think he’ll mind me saying this – was the full package,” said Hughton.
“His experience, his knowledge, what he could give us in the changing room.
“How players could learn from him. What he meant symbolically for the club.
“Lots of clubs will have those individuals, whose importance goes beyond the pitch.
“It was similar to Kevin Nolan at Newcastle – someone with that leadership who can influence other players.
“Nevertheless, the important thing was the number of games he was available for QPR last season.
“I can tell you now, I wouldn’t have taken him if he’d only played a handful of times.
“He still has a great deal to offer on the pitch and he’s shown that this season by scoring three goals for us.”