Noble is vital to our fight for survival

The club’s longest serving player is appearing on the wanted list of some Premier League rivals, but to lose the central midfielder would seriously dent the Hammers cause, especially as we find ourselves in a relegation battle.

The club’s longest serving player is appearing on the wanted list of some Premier League rivals, but to lose the central midfielder would seriously dent the Hammers cause, especially as we find ourselves in a relegation battle.

Noble may not be the most gifted player on the pitch and he doesn’t contribute enough goals, despite a brilliant record from the penalty spot, but the one thing the 26 year old gives is 100 per cent. In every tackle and every pass, Noble puts blood, sweat and tears. There have been rumours linking Noble with Newcastle and Everton and at this current point it would be hard to argue that those teams aren’t an upgrade from the Irons. Everton more so than Newcastle.

But with the Olympic Stadium in the pipeline and the captaincy to follow once Nolan moves on or starts to relinquish first team status over the next couple of seasons, it would be hard to see why the home-grown Hammer would jump ship. The hardworking midfield general has always been in the shadow of a Parker or a Nolan, especially when it comes to the pundits and press, whilst he has been ignored by all England managers since making his first team debut in claret and blue aged just 17 in 2004.

Those in the stands of the Boleyn Ground have come to appreciate Noble and increasingly in the last couple of seasons, he has become a fan’s favourite. Signing a new three year contract in September 2012, gives the Hammers a lot of leeway to reject offers, whilst the contract also has an option for a further two years giving Noble the chance to become a modern day West Ham United icon.

Sticking with the club through thick and thin, Noble deserves to captain the side in future years, his performances are very consistent and he felt the fall of relegation the hardest taking it into his own hands. Dragging the club up by the scruff of its neck in the 2011-12 season back to the Premier League is credited mainly to Big Sam but if one player proved vital it was Mark Noble, whose performances that season saw Irons fans vote him Hammer of the Year, after

Sticking with the club through thick and thin, Noble deserves to captain the side in future years, his performances are very consistent and he felt the fall of relegation the hardest taking it into his own hands. Dragging the club up by the scruff of its neck in the 2011-12 season back to the Premier League is credited mainly to Big Sam but if one player proved vital it was Mark Noble, whose performances that season saw Irons fans vote him Hammer of the Year, after previously coming second place in the two years before.

Having nailed down his spot in the starting line-up the Hammer has made over 250 appearances for the club after establishing himself in the first team during the ‘Great Escape’ season. Netting just 31 goals and grabbing 39 assists in his career has probably been disappointing but Noble’s priorities in the team is to cut off the threats from opposition sides.

Noble is the key to the club pulling itself away from a relegation battle as he dictates play and effortlessly strokes the ball around the pitch covering every blade of grass as he goes. Mark will know the club can’t afford to go down and will give everything to get the team back up the league table.

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