According to the reliable @ExWHUEmployee on the latest edition of the West Ham Way podcast, West Ham United captain Mark Noble is “very disappointed” with some of criticism he has received from fans regarding his ability and performance, but Irons supporters are divided on their skipper.
The 30-year-old returned to the starting line-up in the 3-0 win against Bolton Wanderers in the EFL Cup third round at the London Stadium on Tuesday night, after he missed out on their previous two Premier League fixtures through injury.
After beginning the campaign with three straight top flight defeats a number of the players came under fire, and it appears as though Noble was one of those following some disappointing showings on the pitch.
West Ham supporters were quick to have their say on the news via social media, and they were largely divided with their opinions.
While some say “he deserves respect” following a successful career with the Irons, others say he is “not good enough” now.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Credit to Mark Noble for his loyalty and service to the club, but if he has bad performances he's not untouchable. He's been poor simple as.
— West Ham News (@WHUFC_News) September 21, 2017
Ahh, poor Noble. He makes £50k a week to live a great life, so don't feel sorry for him
— Ciro Castaldo (@ciro_castaldo) September 21, 2017
Totally unfair – always works his socks off and best at finding a killer pass
— Simon (@hughes210) September 21, 2017
— Just Some Geezer (@Juicedmoose) September 21, 2017
He was happy to take the plaudits when he had that 1 really good season. He's no longer good enough and in any other industry would've left!
— RD6 (@RWSD666) September 21, 2017
Hey Ho! Love the bloke but he's just not good enough anymore.
— Mike Nicol (@joejimbobsdad) September 21, 2017
Needs to up his game and keep them quite. Until then it goes with the territory, not been on it since we left Upton park#COYI.
— Christopher Glover (@chris59glover) September 21, 2017
Who cares! Drop him! He is not performing! Last season he was terrible, this season even worse!
— laura (@LorLor_27) September 21, 2017
gives more or less his entire career to the club and rather than respect some fans give him ear'ole. Dropped or not he deserves respect
— VansWHUFC (@Vansbm) September 21, 2017