Danny Murphy suggested that West Ham are over-reliant on Mark Noble’s guidance and leadership, when writing a column for the Daily Mail.
The Hammers skipper, 32, is the only real leader at the football club. The problem is, however, because of his age, he is really struggling with being played week-in, week-out.
West Ham did sign Tomas Soucek in January, of course, so that should ease the physical burden on Noble of playing every week.
The Canning Town born midfielder made his debut for the Hammers way back in 2004. He is a real fan favourite at the club, with most fans respecting the hard work and commitment that he always brings to the pitch.
Murphy highlighted how West Ham are too reliant on their ageing captain, however, when writing a column for the Daily Mail:
“Mark Noble and Pablo Zabaleta have great experience but can’t provide all the leadership on their own. Clubs such as West Ham prefer to sign young players because of the potential sell-on value but it can be counter-productive in the short run. West Ham are over-reliant on Noble for guidance.”
He definitely has a point.When Noble doesn’t play, the Hammers seem to lack any kind of passion or hunger without their inspirational leader pushing them on.
Noble, who earns £50,000 per week according to Spotrac, has a lot of pressure on his shoulders. Every time he steps on the pitch, he knows he has to galvanise his teammates.
The worry is that his legs will not allow him to continue playing so regularly, however. And the thought of a West Ham squad without Noble in a few years time is a scary one.
The east London outfit must keep the 32-year-old at the club in some kind of capacity when he does eventually hang up his boots.