Nolberto Solano signed for Newcastle United in 1998 and ended his first stint on Tyneside in June of 2001 (3 seasons). He would return for two more seasons (2006 and 07) bringing his time with the club to a total of 5 seasons. In that time, he endeared himself so much to the Toon Army that he became a club legend. Additionally, he makes no bones today about the fact that he still loves the club. He is the embodiment of what dreamers (read: persons such as myself that still have a shred of belief that loyalty to a club is not dead) hope for in players for their club.
Brighton was embarrassing. No two ways about it. We all knew that we were likely to write off the FA Cup as the squad were demonstrably without legs toward the end of the holiday programme and injuries are still piling on top of that. What was surprising was the complete lack of fire, heart, discipline... any number of descriptors fit here. On the whole, there was mass hysteria (warranted) up to and including calls for Alan Pardew's head (probably a bit sensational). Nol registered his disdain at the squad selection and performance as well.
"I know that there are injuries but Newcastle weren’t at full strength against Brighton.
"But it’s not like Newcastle are saving players’ legs for a challenge for the Champions League.