To compare anybody as the best "anything" since Alan Shearer is a statement that must be issued with extreme care.
But when it comes to talking about captains since the legendary Big Al hung up his captain's armband, then you have to say Kevin Nolan is certainly giving it his all to fill a major void that has been left wide open for almost four years.
Scott Parker, who did have his moments, at St James' Park lasted a season and then left Newcastle after failing to get his head round the place to the point that an end of season official club interview with the then captain was never published because it was so negative.
Big Sam then amazingly handed the armband to Geremi in one of his first moves as boss.
Geremi was then soon made the scapegoat by Allardyce after a string of poor results and then leaving the ex-Bolton boss with a task to replace him.
Allardyce opted for Alan Smith but the Yorkshire battler had hardly got used to wearing it before Kevin Keegan replaced him with Michael Owen.
In my eyes, Owen was always going to be a bad idea due to his single minded attitude within the game.
Even as captain, when fit and when bothered, he often shirked his responsibility as skipper to come out and face the music after games and explain the team's performance, good or bad, to the media.
His mundane expressions on the pitch and moody outlook on his time at Newcastle also said to me he gave the impression he didn't really care - even if it may have been a build-up of inner frustration about the way life was panning out after arriving from Real Madrid.
You couldn't blame him on some things, but as far as lifting the team - and the fans, he did little for me - I don't know about you?
Owen's departure, then led to the appointment of Nicky Butt as club captain last term.
Butt had a wealth of experience and it's understood that the ex-England man was a revelation behind the scenes.
However, when life started to go belly up at Newcastle after playing for such a superb organisation as Manchester United his expression was always "What the hell have I done moving here?"
After being farmed out at Birmingham and being made the scapegoat by some for the FA Cup semi-final defeat in Cardiff against Man U (before my time as a reporter at Newcastle), Butt was sceptical of the media on Tyneside.
Nevertheless he survived relegation and played a part in winning promotion to the Premier League.
When looking back on the Championship title win, Newcastle were at their most inspiring with Nolan inspiring them with the armband.
Behind the scenes the influential Scouser lifted the camp and it's clear if somebody is stepping out of line, he will quickly remind them of the standards that are required at Newcastle these days.
So far this season Nolan has picked up where he left off last season on the field and in the goal stakes.
He's playing with a smile on his face and getting everybody to do the same so far.
Nolan enjoyed banter with the Gallowgate End last week against Aston Villa when mocking Brad Friedel while the American was trying to prepare his wall for a free-kick and the Scouser was in the middle of it attempting to be a distraction.
At Accy Stanley in midweek when a home fan complained he was blocking his view while warming up and getting on her nerves, Nolan quipped: "I'll warm up somewhere else, you're getting on my nerves love", all of it good spirit and both parties found it funny.
These are early days for the new Newcastle and the new captain, but so far, so good even just a few games into a new (ish) regime.
He may have got off to a slow start to his Toon career and endured relegation but since grabbing 18 goals in the Championship and producing some great moments along the way, it looks like there may be more to come.
Speaking to Nolan gives you the feeling that he actually genuinely cares for the Magpies and the fans.
In the modern game it can be difficult to get a footballer to talk for longer than two minutes but after the game with Aston Villa, Nolan actually joked with an NUFC Press officer that he still had "plenty to say" when he was told his allotted time was up!
He then went on to joke (when referring to myself and a colleague): "These two might look like they've heard enough but I'll keep going until I'm finished."
Many felt that they'd seen the best of Nolan at Bolton in his days at the Reebok.
But with the 28-year-old in fine form so far this season (yes early days) Newcastle could yet get the best from the Scouse lad in his peak.
It remains to be seen whether the 4-4-1-1 formation with Nolan and Carroll up top can sparkle just as well in the Premier League, but who really knows? Especially at home.
And if he can achieve his dream of leading a team from the Championship and into Europe, like at Bolton, then nobody will be complaining.