West Ham boss David Moyes spoke to reporters after his side’s fine 4-0 win over Norwich City yesterday, and shared what he asked of Mark Noble prior to the match, as quoted by Football.London.
The Hammers were in control against Norwich City at Carrow Road from the very first minute up until the last.
West Ham were extremely poor at the London Stadium in midweek during their defeat to Burnley. But they really turned things around yesterday.
And Noble was one of the Hammers’ standout performers.
The much-maligned 33-year-old has received heavy criticism from some sections of the West Ham fans this season. And rightly so. He really has been poor over the past six to nine months.
But it is sometimes easy to forget just how much he has to offer.
Noble set up two goals yesterday. The skipper also made 54 passes with an impressive completion rate of 89%, and won two tackles and five individual duals (Football Critic).
It seemed as though the experienced midfielder was deployed slightly further forward in a more attacking role against Norwich.
And Moyes cleared that up when speaking to reporters yesterday, as quoted by Football.London:
“Well I wouldn’t out and out call it a ten, we just asked him to play a bit more advanced than the other ones. We felt that today with the way Norwich were setting up, it was a good move. It is more to do with Mark Noble’s leadership, with the ball and without it, take responsibility and I thought he was as good as anyone today. His level of performances have been very good since we came back.”
Surely most of us West Ham fans can agree that there is a place for Mark Noble around the squad. He just shouldn’t be playing week-in, week-out. And at 33, there is nothing wrong with that.
The Canning Town born midfielder still has plenty to offer the Hammers. He proved that yesterday.
But perhaps Noble will be of more use if he is rested every other game. Or once every three games at the very least.
He is an undoubted leader. He drove West Ham on against Norwich yesterday. That kind of leadership is priceless to a team near the bottom of the table.
And we will definitely miss him when he retires.