Mark Noble has not always had West Ham United fans onside, and now his position in the team has sparked a debate.
According to the Daily Mail, manager Manuel Pellegrini is considering dropping the club captain from the first XI.
The Chilean coach, who won the Premier League title while in charge of Manchester City, recruited nine new players in the summer transfer window.
One of them was Jack Wilshere, who has lined up alongside Noble in the middle of the park for league matches against Liverpool and Bournemouth.
Both of those fixtures ended in defeat, and now the Daily Mail is suggesting that Noble could be benched for this Saturday’s clash against Arsenal at the Emirates.
The publication claims that Pellegrini wants more potency in midfield, and he has Pedro Obiang and Carlos Sanchez available to choose from.
On Twitter, some West Ham fans have been discussing whether Noble should be axed, and there have been some split views.
Yeah I’d drop him, send a message out that no ones position is safe. Noble will wonna fight for his position back aswell, although I see this going a bit Kevin Nolan personally
— Mitch ⚒ (@MitchOfficial) August 22, 2018
I think noble himself expects to be dropped.
— ⚒ Adam hickey ⚒ (@tekkers44whufc) August 22, 2018
In a three man midfield, he plays. With three at the back, he plays. But going with him and Wilshere as our central two in the hyper-attacking setup against Bournemouth was naive. We need a shield in front of our centre backs. And we can’t drop Wilshere.
— Oskar Holldorff (@OskarHolldorff) August 22, 2018
Even the great Billy Bonds was dropped
— the irish londoner (@dakinglongwood) August 22, 2018
It’s probably the right choice but he often has great games in London Derby’s.
— Steve ⚒🥊🎯 (@SrHack123) August 22, 2018
Noble better not be starting Saturday I swear need someone who can get around the pitch
— . (@_JamesWHU) August 21, 2018
I like Noble and I’m not part of the lot that are scapegoating him but I would drop him to the bench for Saturday because, as bad as the defence have been, I think the game passes our midfield by too much and that can’t happen against Arsenal
— ⚒Aaron Little⚒ (@AJL_89) August 22, 2018
I don’t think dropping Noble will solve the issue. I think the team need to lose the negativity from last season and concentrate on being positive and working as a team rather than individuals. Stop passing sideways and back when the ball is in midfield. Move forward. https://t.co/bK2xFDDRv5
— ⚒⚒Bob Len⚒⚒ (@BobLen10) August 22, 2018
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