Former Newcastle man settles the Lampard, Scholes, Gerrard debate

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A former Newcastle United player has named the best midfielder he ever played against in his career.

Ever since the 2000s, football fans have asked the same question - who was the best out of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Paul Scholes? Today, a man who played against all three has given his verdict.

Kevin Nolan played for Newcastle United between the years of 2009 and 2011 - he believes that Gerrard was not only the best of the three, but also the best midfield player he ever came up against during his active playing career.

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In an interview where Nolan was asked to name his best Premier League XI of all time, Gerrard unsurprisingly made the cut. He lauded the Champions League winner for his versatility and complete skillset, saying that he had 'everything'.

He had high praise for other players that he came up against, such as Roy Keane and Yaya Toure, but he feels that none of them were quite as good as the former Liverpool captain.

Nolan is perhaps one of the most underrated players in Premier League history. As well as Newcastle, he also played for clubs such as Bolton Wanderers, West Ham United and Leyton Orient. Currently, he is the assistant manager at West Ham, having occupied that position since 2019.

What did Kevin Nolan say about Steven Gerrard?

In an interview featured on TalkSPORT, Nolan said: "I just think [Steven Gerrard] could do anything, he had everything, you know the holding one, you could play him out on the right, he could be at right-back, he could be the attacking one [midfielder].

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"Playing against him was just so difficult. I mean look, we haven't even mentioned [Frank] Lampard, [Patrick] Vieira and all these in this. But Steven had something which I don't think any of the others [had]. He had everything and I don't think all the others had everything."

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