West Ham were forced to come from behind to grab a point against Brighton on Wednesday night, but Mark Noble delivered yet another reminder that he is still the Hammers’ main man in the middle.
With all the excitement around the form of Declan Rice, Noble’s influence on this West Ham team seems to have flown under the radar, despite the skipper playing a huge role in the Hammers’ impressive form.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side have taken 16 points from their last eight games, and Noble’s work both on and off the ball has helped them dominate the middle of the park at times during that run.
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It feels like every transfer window brings rumours about replacing the 31 year-old, but once again he has shown why that would be a huge mistake from Pellegrini and Mario Husillos, who are reportedly eyeing a deal for Chile international Gary Medel.
Noble was introduced off the bench on Wednesday night with Brighton leading 2-0, and the skipper dragged his side back into it by the scruff of the neck, chipping a lovely ball through for Marko Arnautovic to make it 2-1.
Arnautovic then grabbed his second and no doubt the headlines to go along with it, but Noble was the man making everything happen for the home side.
“Mr. West Ham” completed 94 per cent of his overall passes, including two key passes and seven out of eight attempted long balls.
He did his work off the ball too, making two tackles and one interception despite only playing half an hour.
Pellegrini has introduced an extra does of creativity and composure on the ball to Noble’s game, which combined with his work rate, leadership and consistency has made “Mr. West Ham” quite frankly irreplaceable.
So, West Ham fans, how impressed were you by Noble on Wednesday night? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…