rav5The rush of blood which saw Kevin Nolan launch a horrible ‘tackle’ at Liverpool on Saturday may cost him a lot more than three games on the sidelines.

For his absence is going to hand main man Ravel Morrison a gilt-edged opportunity to claim the captain’s position  on a permanent basis.

Say it quietly or shout it loud: “Is this the beginning of the end for the West Ham United skipper?”

Claretandhugh revealed yesterday from its own sources that Rav  was set to be pushed into the Nolan  role – a statement confirmed in the evening and apparently welcomed by club co-chairman David Gold at the fans’ forum.

Morrison’s magical moment may be at hand and for the skipper there is only deep concern that he may be facing the end of a distinguished Hammer’s career which for all its current problems must be respected.

Facts don’t lie and last season Nolan – playing off the striker-  scored 10 goals and one this, whilst Rav has managed five in a withdrawn midfield role during a season of struggle!

Given that he is now about to move forward and play off the central striker – his natural position –  who knows what sort of goal rush he may unleash upon us!

Nolan’s suspension may may well bring  a double bonus as it allows Mo Diame to move back into central midfield where he can drive the team forward.

For Sam Allardyce and his long term lieutenant Nolan however, big questions could be around the corner.

For if Ravel produces the sort of performances which everybody from David Gold downwards is expecting, the big question will be: “Where does Kevin Nolan go from here?”

The injuries, suspensions and problems the team have been suffering have been awful but this latest development could mark the start of new Hammers era!

Very often when things appear to be at their worst, the best is just a touch away – fingers crossed this is one of those moments.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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