West Ham fans are showing the love for Mark Noble, after their captain scored a stunning volley in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Leicester.
There’s no question Marko Arnautovic has been the saviour of West Ham’s season, but a much more divisive figure proved how valuable he was in Saturday’s win at the King Power Stadium.
If Arnautovic is West Ham’s saviour, then Noble is the Hammers’ heartbeat, and the captain put in one of his best shifts of the season before firing in a sensational goal.
Noble has been the subject of plenty of criticism this season, with plenty of fans feeling he doesn’t have the legs anymore, and others just annoyed he seems to do more talking off the pitch than on it.
There won’t be many criticising the captain after Saturday though, as he showed just what West Ham means to him when they needed him most.
The 30 year-old scored a fantastic 8.04 rating on Whoscored.com, and the Hammers are now safe from the drop with two matches left to play.
Fans are heaping praise on their passionate captain, and some of the best Twitter reactions can be found below…
Mark Noble! Got to be one of the most undervalued players in our history! What a strike son ⚒
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) May 5, 2018
We aren't the same team without Noble in the squad. What he lacks in quality sometimes he makes up in effort and passion, is that not what we ask for as West Ham fans?
— Ryan Adams (@Ryan_Adams11) May 5, 2018
Mate!! I love Nobes! I know he’s on the decline but I’d rather have a home grown boy who is a fan in the fight than a foreigner there for a payday! ⚒
— Michael BoxingBrain (@CorazondeLeon88) May 5, 2018
Does a job, does it well #COYI
— Mark Thomas (@GorBlimeyGuvnor) May 5, 2018
Noble has been good this season and consistently so, has to do the work rate of 2 or 3 due to others being poor.
— Ned Harding (@NedHarding) May 5, 2018
The captain doing what a captain should do, lead by example. @Noble16Mark you beauty! COYI ⚒
— Luke (@Lujo92) May 5, 2018
100% agree with that, if he would have a decent team around him he would be absolute class! #COYI Important win nonetheless!
— Mickey van Son (@Mickets013) May 5, 2018
Hahaha cant believe still have "fans" digging him out
— Danny Allen (@danjallen) May 5, 2018
Well said Ex. A few more with his spirit, honesty, determination and integrity to be purchased over the summer
— Graham Wigley (@Wigs6) May 5, 2018
superb today. Stepped up when we needed him. Proper captain.
— Liam (@LiamBanks1978) May 5, 2018