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.