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Noble gives verdict on the new boys

Mark Noble is excited by the new boys who have arrived at the club this summer.

Commenting on the arrivals after the first week of training in Switzerland he said: “Issa (Diop) is really young and a great signing for the future. Hopefully he can come in and settle in straight away. He’s a fantastic athlete and he’s got a lot of height.

“Obviously, Lukasz (Fabianski)  is well-known in the Premier League as we know and Ryan (Fredericks)  has just won the Play-Off final. What a fantastic achievement that was for him.

“As you see, a player who has gone into the Premier League with Fulham has come to West Ham because he believes we can push on and do stuff.

“For his pace down the right, I’m not saying I’m a genius but I’d have signed him a year ago because I watched a lot of him in the Championship, but we’ve got him now and that’s a massive asset to us.”

Eleven Academy scholars and graduates were invited to join the squad in Bad Ragaz – Nathan Trott, Joseph Anang, Daniel Jinadu, Declan Rice, Reece Burke, Reece Oxford, Josh Cullen, Conor Coventry, Martin Samuelsen, Marcus Browne and Nathan Holland .

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And Noble said: “For the ones who have been with us quite regularly, it’s hard in pre-season because for a lot of players, including myself, you do things you wouldn’t normally do in training just to get the most out of yourself.

“So, for example, you probably press the ball when you shouldn’t. I’ve always done that because I want to get as much fitness and as much in my legs as possible.

“The young boys should be energetic and running more than us, full stop. If they don’t, there is a problem because they are only 20 or 21 and if I’m out-running a central midfield player and he’s 21, there’s a problem and they need to be told.”

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