Charlie Nicholas speculated that West Ham skipper Mark Noble will be arguing with his teammates and demanding more of them, when writing his regular prediction column for Sky Sports.
The Hammers are in the midst of a dreadful run of form. They have not won in seven Premier League games, and have fallen down from third to 17th spot in the table.
Manuel Pellegrini is under real pressure. He seems to be totally bereft of ideas, and lacks any kind of passion on the touchline. The Chilean’s substitutions, tactical awareness and motivational skills have also been called into question in recent weeks.
Aside from Declan Rice, the only player to have come out of the last few weeks with any credit at is is Mark Noble.
And Nicholas suggested that the 32-year-old will demanding so much more from his fellow West Ham players, when writing his regular column for Sky Sports:
“It is the best batch of players they have had but Mark Noble is probably in there arguing with team-mates and looking at the players who need to be giving more.”
If Nicholas is right, and Noble is digging out his teammates, then it hasn’t done much good in recent weeks and months.
The players need to be accountable for themselves, and they owe their fans a performance against Chelsea tomorrow.
A defeat could see them drop into the relegation zone, and then things really would look bleak for West Ham.