One club-men are becoming an ever-rarer breed in the Premier League, amid the age of corporate sponsorship deals and billionare owners.
West Ham are fortunate enough to have one of their own, in midfielder Mark Noble, who has been representing the East Londoners ever since his graduation from the youth set up way back in 2004, aged just 17. Indeed, he may not be a Hammers hero on par with Bobby Moore, Trevor Brooking or Geoff Hurst, but having served the club so well for so long, he’s certainly upon the peripheries of such status.
But could his decade-spanning Upton Park career be coming to an an abrupt end? The 27 year-old was linked with a move to QPR this morning by Mirror Football, and many were shocked to see him benched for the Irons’ trip to Anfield, taking on Liverpool in a 3pm Premier League kick-off. Here’s how Hammers fans reacted on Twitter:
Why is noble on bench and song is starting? #whufc
— Marshall (@MrshllClrke) January 31, 2015
I don’t pretend to be the most informed person when it comes to possible transfers but just cannot see Mark Noble ever leaving #WHUFC.
— Mitch Waddon (@MitchWaddon) January 31, 2015
— 父Paul Wells父 (@PaulPaulwells28) January 31, 2015
— stephen mawhinney (@steve_mawhinney) January 31, 2015
With just three days of the January transfer window remaining, this is certainly a story worth keeping track of.