Nolan picks up Player of the Month award

March 10, 2006

Bolton midfielder Kevin Nolan has been named Barclays player of the month following his impressive performances in February.

The 23-year-old - who scored important goals against Arsenal and Fulham to scoop the award - will tomorrow face West Ham boss Alan Pardew, who picked up the managers' award.

Nolan has been earmarked as a potential England international after establishing himself as one of the finest goalscoring midfielders in the Premiership, netting 10 times in all competitions this season.

Bolton boss Sam Allardyce believes Nolan can still earn a place in the national squad for the World Cup in Germany this summer.

'I would imagine there are still one or two places up for grabs and I see no reason why Kevin should not be pushing for one of them,' Allardyce said earlier this month.

'When you look at his level of performance and the fact he has scored 10 goals this season, Kevin has proved himself to be an exceptionally good player in the hardest and toughest league in the world.

'If, between now and the end of the season, he continues to grow as he has done already, I don't think you can rule him out.'

Pardew guided West Ham to three victories in February, with the Hammers in contention to qualify for Europe in their first season since promotion from the Coca-Cola Championship.