Mark Noble has become somewhat of a controversial figure at West Ham United over the last few seasons; not because of any individual incident but because he is now a ‘love or hate’ figure at the club.
Some fans continue to back the midfielder, who has been a West Ham player for his entire career after graduating from the academy in 2004.
Others, though, believe that the 31-year-old is not as good on the pitch as he once was and it is time to make way.
On Sunday, Noble – valued at £6.3m by Transfermarkt – started in what turned out to be the Hammers’ first Premier League win of the season on their fifth attempt.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side earned a 3-1 victory over Everton at Goodison Park, with Andriy Yarmolenko getting on the scoresheet twice and Marko Arnautovic rounding off the win.
After the match, well-trusted club insider ExWHUemployee tweeted praise for Noble, which sparked a debate among the fanbase.
Many many West Ham fans underestimate how important @Noble16Mark is not just as a player but as an influence in the dressing room and with the likes of Ginge leaving he is now even more so and I honestly believe what he did last weekend to the foreign legion was crucial ⚒ https://t.co/IAubMKtn8G
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) September 16, 2018
Yes I think he goes above and beyond the line of duty irreplaceable
— Chris (@essexhammer80) September 16, 2018
I think that he has a role to play in the dressing room but he’s just so slow on the pitch. He takes the team back 5 yards with every touch. We do need to replace him, he’s not the messiah!
— timCOYI (@tim1967td) September 16, 2018
Sorry boss !Disagree !He might as well have been playing for Everton !No place for sentimentality in football !
— Farehamhammer (@FarehamHammer) September 16, 2018
Can’t believe some on here are saying he done nothing! If nothing else he’s a leader on the pitch, always talking and he won the ball which gave us the chance for the 2nd goal. Keep it up Skipper 👏⚒
— Kevin (@Kevin10whu) September 16, 2018
Ex that is Spot on, in my opinion. Leader and heart of the Team.
— Wayne Herzberg (@Blue_tattoo) September 16, 2018
The people disagreeing with you are proving your point. They just can’t see it. Admittedly without the ball he struggles to regain possession sometimes, but when he has the ball he controls the tempo and calms everyone down, rather than rushing it like Kouyate would have.
— Matt Ware (@Matthew_Ware_II) September 16, 2018
Great in the dressing room and training ground .
But on the pitch he is off the pace and gave the ball away a lot too
— paolodi (@paolodi3) September 16, 2018
Were you watching the same game as me?! Every time he got involved in a counter attack he slowed it down or broke it up completely by side & back passing. Any of his rare forward passes were misplaced. He may be a great character & bleed claret and blue but he is a spent force
— Les Sim (@Les_WHUFC) September 17, 2018