West Ham United captain Mark Noble backed to stay at club

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour cannot see a day when Mark Noble leaves West Ham United.

The 29-year-old midfielder has been connected with the East London club since he joined the academy in 2000.

Noble began to establish himself in the Hammers team at the age of 20 after having loan spells at Hull City and Ipswich Town.

He went on to become an integral part of the squad, but this season he has struggled to keep some fans on side.

Plenty have called for the midfielder to be dropped, and his recent comments that some fans who attend matches do not really “understand” football, did not go down well.

This week it was confirmed that Noble will play no part in Saturday’s Premier League game against Leicester City due to a knock that he has been carrying.

The timing does raise questions, though, when considering how his relationship with the fans have been of late.

Parlour, though, does not believe that Noble will leave the club, suggesting that he will end his career as a Hammer.

The retired midfielder told talkSPORT:

“He’s been a great servant for the club. He’s been very loyal. He’s been brilliant for them but when you get to 29 it gets tougher. As a midfielder you have to be mobile. He’s looked a bit laboured.

“He’s not going to be at his best every single week but he brings something to the team. He’s efficient and keeps the ball moving. He’s West Ham through and through and I can’t see him leaving the club.”

 


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