West Ham are in all sorts of trouble at the moment.
They are currently sitting in 18th spot in the Premier League table, one point adrift of safety.
And there are plenty of theories as to why the Hammers have been struggling so much this season.
Are the players good enough? Is the manager good enough?
There is certainly a case to be argued that the answer is no for both of those questions.
It is also fair to suggest that the relationship between the board and the fans is doing the club absolutely no favours whatsoever. The London Stadium and its toxic atmosphere is another potential reason for West Ham’s struggles, when playing at home at least.
All of those factors could be playing their part, but one thing that cannot and should not be accepted is the players not giving their all both on match-days and during training.
Judging by Mark Noble’s recent comments, however, that might just be the case.
The Hammers skipper raved about Jarrod Bowen in training, when speaking to WHUFC.com:
“Even in training, I could see that he gets after the ball as well, and I love seeing that. It doesn’t happen anywhere near as much as it used to, apart from at the top teams, so you don’t get accustomed to seeing it any longer so, when I saw him doing it, I thought ‘Yes! He wants it!’ and it was nice to see.”
Surely, with those comments, Noble is insinuating that not everyone at West Ham has been putting in a shift on the training pitch. And that would explain a lot, considering some of the Hammers’ woeful performances so far this season.
David Moyes’s men have some really tough games coming up. And the only way that they will have any chance whatsoever of racking up a few positive results is by working their socks off, both on match-days and during training sessions.