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Striker Andy Carroll must be nurtured - Kevin Nolan

(l-r) Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan
Carroll (left) has scored 10 goals for the Magpies this season

Newcastle United captain Kevin Nolan says that striker Andy Carroll must be nurtured in order to ensure he achieves his potential at St James' Park.

Carroll drilled in his 10th goal of the season to round off Saturday's 3-1 win over Liverpool after a fine display in front of the television cameras.

"He's our jewel. He deserves everything he's got," Nolan told BBC Newcastle.

"He's absolutely fantastic, brilliant. He's going to be some player and we've got to make sure we protect him."

Such form has resulted in international recognition with England for Carroll and reported interest from a host of Premier League rivals in the January transfer window.

Anyone would be daft to want to leave this club

Midfielder Kevin Nolan

But, less than a week into his new job, Magpies boss Alan Pardew has already been quick to stress that the Gateshead-born striker would be a key part of his plans, following his appointment as manager last Thursday.

"When Alan says he is keeping Andy, I believe that," continued Nolan, who briefly served as Carroll's temporary landlord earlier this season following a court order.

"We can't afford to let him go, if we want to go where we want to.

"I'm sure there are a lot of lads here who don't want to leave this club. They know what a dressing room we've got, what a club it is, what fans we've got, everything.

"If the club want to get rid of you, it's a different story, and you've just got to move on," added Nolan, who was signed by Joe Kinnear from Bolton Wanderers for £4m in January 2009.

"But anyone would be daft to want to leave this club."

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