According to reports, Sunderland are being linked to the talented Shrewsbury Town footballer Jon Nolan. Nolan is not one of those young prospects as he is 26 but has caught the eye of many a championship side with his impressive outing with the League One outfit.
Sunderland’s demotion to the League one is guaranteed after this weekend results and what a downward spiral they have gone through in the last two years. On the other hand of the spectrum, Shrewsbury town are in with a chance for promotion to the Championship as they are sitting third in the league and at worst will qualify for the playoffs.
The midfielder joined Shrewsbury last year and in a recent interview, he claimed that he feels ‘settled’ at the club. He said-”Obviously I’m settled. We’ve had an unbelievable season and hopefully, the cherry on top is us getting promoted.
”We all, as players, even Doigy (Chris Doig) and the gaffer, want to go to the highest level possible. Hopefully, that can be with Shrewsbury this season.”- he was quoted saying
It will be a great success story if a club of Shrewsbury town’s stature gets into the Championship. Jon Nolan, on the other hand, has clearly indicated that he wants to succeed with his current club instead of looking for other suitors.
Nolan started his career in the Everton youth academy but was deemed to be not good enough to progress to the first team. After that, he plied his trade in the 5th and sixth tier of English football. He continued in those league for few years and he caught the attention of Grimsby Town manager, Paul Hirst. He soon brought him to his club and Nolan was there for one season as he moved to league one side Chesterfield after grabbing few eyeballs for his performances with Grimsby. The duo of Paul Hirst and Nolan reunited later at their current club Shrewsbury.
The Englishman is known for his creativeness in the midfield as he has great vision and manages to find the right pass in tight spaces. He is great on the ball and usually plays with his head up looking for teammates in the right spot. He has the ability to play inch-perfect pass and the midfield ace has been key to Shrewsbury town’s success this season. A player like Nolan is not usually found in the Lower leagues but the 26-year old has set himself apart with his distribution skills. A move to Sunderland might not happen after his recent comments and on top of that they themselves are going down in League One but if Shrewsbury fails to advance to Championship other teams can pounce on him from the higher divisions.