West Ham United have been active in the transfer market since the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini.

The Hammers have spent around £170million since the Chilean took over last summer (£125m net).

A host of players have left the club in that time too.

The one consistent at West Ham – as has been the case for the last 15 years – is captain Mark Noble.

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Quality of recruits has shot up

With director of football Mario Husillos transforming West Ham’s recruitment, the quality of player coming into the club has been ramped up.

But despite the obvious ability of the Hammers’ expensive new recruits, Noble has revealed the crucial advice he has given them (whufc.com).

“The whole club is moving in the right direction,” Noble told whufc.com.

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Noble reveals crucial advice he gave new signings

“Manuel Pellegrini came in last year and set his stall out early: how he wants to train, how he wants to play. Even though we lost the first four games last season, we played in a consistent way.

“Now I really think you can see the benefits of that.


“I was honest at the beginning of the season. I said to the players, the manager and the chairmen that we need to set our sights higher. I wouldn’t be doing my job properly if I didn’t believe we could.”

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Sage advice from skipper

One player who embodies all those things is Noble himself.

And that if proof enough – if it was needed – that they are the key ingredients for any player to enjoy a long and successful Hammers career.

Indeed a look through history at all the greats and cult heroes and they bear the same hallmarks from Billy Bonds to Julian Dicks, Carlos Tevez and Noble.

The whole squad needs to take those words on board after the hugely frustrating defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

West Ham were guilty of taking their foot off the pedal once again after taking a lead.

Hard work and determination will be the order of the day when they travel to bogey ground Goodison Park next time out after the international break.

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