West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said he will look towards playing more Hammers graduates in the future after securing the services of Mark Noble on a five-year contract, according to Talk Sport.
Noble, 25, has been at the club for since the age of thirteen. He and defender James Tomkins are examples of two successful academy graduates at Upton Park.
Allardyce admits he is delighted to have secured the services of Noble, who was reportedly of interest to Fulham in the summer, “It’s a big signing for us. He is a lad who is born and bred West Ham and, as we continue in the Premier League, not many young ones have developed and we have Mark Noble.”
The Hammers boss hopes that Noble’s success at West Ham will inspire other youth players trying to make their way at the club, “Hopefully we will find one or two more as time goes on. We are really pleased that Mark has signed his contract.”
One thing that Allardyce wasn’t pleased about was West Ham’s defending in the 4-1 defeat at home to Wigan Athletic. ‘Big Sam’ labelled his side’s defending as ‘comical’ as the Premier League newcomers made an abrupt exit from the Capital One Cup.