Nolan loves Big Sam: As much as I hate what Sam Allardyce has done to football (i.e, turned Pele’s beautiful game into a sort of freestyle combat), I can’t help but love Kevin Nolan (6.2). Maybe it’s the Chicken Dance celebration (which, by the way, is the sort of quirk that fantasy football should reward), or the way he took Andy Carroll (8.3) under his wing two seasons ago, or his decision to leave a club on the rise (Newcastle) for a club on the slide (West Ham) just to reunite with a manager who, well, makes Charles Reep look like the English Johan Cruyff. Whatever. He’s here in the Premier League, and he’s scoring goals. Three of them, so far, including a 90th-minute equalizer against Sunderland last Saturday.
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