Having conceded seven goals in two Premier League games so far this season, Collins has come into contention having impressed at Cheltenham Town in midweek.
The Welsh defender picked up the man-of-the-match award in the process and has now given Slaven Bilic a selection headache ahead of the game at St James’ Park.
After spending time playing alongside Collins at Upton Park, Nolan believes he should be handed a start for the Hammers in such a crucial game for the club.
Nolan, speaking to the West Ham website, said: “West Ham conceded three last week and four the week before.
“That really needs sorting out if they want to be successful this weekend.
“I think the team will miss Winston Reid this week. Collins should come into the team. Even last year when West Ham were going through a tough time he came in and was absolutely superb.
“He was a major influence in getting clean-sheets and building a solid foundation in defence. Ginge has a massive part to play. He’ll have a big impact if he gets his opportunity.”
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