It would be fair to say that Mark Noble has faced his fair share of criticism from the West Ham United supporters in the early stages of the 2018-19 campaign.
Indeed, many blamed Noble as the Hammers suffered four straight defeats at the start of the 2018-19 Premier League season.
Noble was impressive in West Ham’s 3-1 win at Everton on September 16, however, and also played a key role in the goalless draw with Chelsea at the weekend.
The 31-year-old is closing on 450 appearances for the Hammers, and still seems to be a key player at the London Stadium despite the amount of summer arrivals.
There are certainly players in the squad that are more talented, but few work harder than Noble, and the 5ft 11in ace’s performance against Chelsea has not gone unnoticed.
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One tweet claimed that Noble ‘is a scapegoat’ when West Ham do not pick up positive results, which led to a host of supporters jumping to his defence.
A selection of the Twitter reaction from the West Ham fans can be seen below:
Noble is a scapegoat and it’s sad.
— West Ham Central (@WestHam_Central) September 24, 2018
It’s no wonder that there is such a negative vibe around the club on a regular basis. Even when we play well and get good results, some of the fan base are still unhappy.
— Matthew Snodgrass (@MattGordon97) September 24, 2018
Yeah it’s boring
— Dave Lambourne (@Lambo1966) September 24, 2018
Thought he played excellent yesterday
— Lewis Wall (@lewis_wall) September 24, 2018
He’s not our best player… but when he plays, he makes other players play at their best!!
— ⚒ Daley Hammer ⚒ (@daleywhufc) September 24, 2018
That was his best performance for ages yesterday.
— Sean Raftery (@seanraf123) September 24, 2018
I really just don’t understand it he fights for the badge every time he enters the pitch I’ll take 11 nobles any day, he’s played the game so long he doesn’t fear anything all teams need a player like that
— Luke (@grocott66) September 24, 2018
I thought he was fantastic against Chelsea
— Dan Reid (@DanReid70366207) September 24, 2018