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Moyes makes big Noble claim

David Moyes insists Mark Noble still has a big part to play at West Ham.

The Irons skipper has struggled for minutes in recent weeks.

Having played 67 of them s in the league opener against Newcastle, he wasn’t in the squad to play Arsenal and played a grand total of four minutes against Wolves and Leicester, per Transfermarkt.

Noble was also on the bench against Spurs and, with so much talent in the squad, there had been question marks over whether he would even make the match day squad, let alone play a key role for Moyes this season.

However, the Scot has now insisted that the 33-year-old remains a big part of his plans moving forward and hailed his form after lockdown.

Speaking at his pre-Manchester City press conference, he told reporters: “Mark Noble still has a massive part to play. Declan and Tomas are playing well but Noble was arguably our best player after lockdown, he’ll be involved in many more games.”

Noble did play 90 minutes in the EFL Cup against Everton, but that has been the only full game he has played thus far this term.

ClaretandHugh says: Fair play to the manager as he man manages a situation which may be causing a few – ourselves included – to question the captain’s first team future. It would be difficult to imagine him saying anything much different to be honest but what’s noticeable is any explanation as to how its going to happen. We have different options since lockdown with Benrahma arriving and the only situation we can see where Mark may be involved is if either of Declan or Tomas are injured. And that may only be the case until January when presumably we could strengthen in that position.

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4 comments on “Moyes makes big Noble claim

  1. I think we are all guilty of looking to the future and ignoring what is happening now. Mark Noble might be 33 now but it is true that he will be 38 one day. At 38 and after 21 years of playing week-in, week-out for West Ham first team, he might have slowed a little (or lots) and the wise amongst us will be saying ‘it’s time for him to go’.
    But, let’s not anticipate the future too much and allow the Management to manage today. Without today there is no tomorrow!
    Having said that, I think we have played tremendously well since Arsenal. Maybe we would have done same or better with Mark. But, that’s the call the management make. Mark gets paid enough to be ready when required and he will be happy to contribute where he can and when he can.

  2. Noble has not been PL standard for a long time. His place on the bench must not inhibit tactical changes or younger prospects because of notalgia because results are needed to sustain the club’s PL status.

    It’s not a coincidence that Hammers defence & attack tempo has significantly improved in his absence from the team.

    By all means, let him help coach the youth teams but not a first-team player any longer & he will know it

  3. I think as fans we have let sentiment cloud our thinking over the past few seasons. Both in attack and defence he is no longer near Premier League standard. I would go as far to say the team know it as the body language is so much better in his absence. Would we have come back from 3-0 down with him in the team?! Look at this seasons results and performances with him and without him in the team?

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