Mark Noble often comes in for some criticism from sections of the West Ham fan base.
But his performance against Manchester United was a joy to behold.
The Hammers beat Man United 3-1 at The London Stadium, lifting them well away from the relegation zone.
It capped a great week for the club after drawing with Chelsea and beating Macclesfield Town 8-0.
Here, we look at Noble’s performance in numbers (with stats from Who Scored) and assess how important he is for West Ham.
Captain’s display from Noble
The 31-year-old was brilliant in all departments yesterday. His ability to do both the defensive and offensive duties of his position ensured success for West Ham.
He made 67 passes, more than any other Hammer, at an impressive rate of 86.6 per cent accuracy rate.
This included his perfect pass into the path of Marko Arnautovic, who duly finished off the move and restored West Ham’s two-goal advantage.
Noble also made three tackles and one clearance to ensure the Red Devils were not able to attack the defence too often.
As a result, he was deservedly named man of the match.
Valuable asset for West Ham
What Noble offers West Ham is pure passion and desire. He is a lifelong West Ham supporter and he bleeds claret and blue.
This shows in every game he plays. He cares what happens on the pitch and puts his heart and soul into his performances.
That is exactly what you want from your captain.
Moreover, the central midfielder is an important cog in this new formation. Manuel Pellegrini now deploys three central midfielders in a 4-3-3 formation.
Declan Rice plays the holding role, while Noble and Pedro Obiang must do the running in midfield and ensure that they act as a bridge between defence and attack.
Noble knows this role well and he is thriving. The true Hammer is an important member of the squad.