Captain Mark Noble has taken to Twitter to remind West Ham United of his fierce loyalty to the club over the years.
Noble has been forced into the shadows by West Ham’s hugely encouraging start to the season.
David Moyes has West Ham playing well and getting results against tough opposition with a new formation.
And with everyone fit, Noble is consigned to a place on the bench.
Noble in the midst of Hammers swansong?
Once new boy Said Benrahma is fully fit, Noble’s place in matchday squads could even be in question.
The central midfielder is certainly in his Hammers swansong. Of that there can be little doubt.
But he knew this was coming. Indeed a passionate rant on talkSPORT after West Ham’s FA Cup exit to West Brom last season laid the foundations for this very moment.
Noble called on the club to stop relying so heavily on him and to sign young, hungry players to take up the mantle.
Well Tomas Soucek, Jarrod Bowen and Benrahma have arrived and Declan Rice has unofficially taken his place as captain.
Legend still a big influence
The West Ham legend will be loving the team’s form as much as anyone right now.
He is undoubtedly still a key figure in the dressing room driving the team on.
And he will no doubt also still have a big role to play on the pitch at times too.
But in case anyone needing reminding, the Hammers skipper took to Twitter on Sunday to point out his supreme loyalty to his boyhood club over the years.
Indeed that loyalty – stretching back 16 years, nine months and 23 days – is matched only by the great Lionel Messi, somewhat bizarrely to the exact day.
Noble and Messi in a loyalty league of their own
Noble simply posted the crossed Hammers icon alongside a table showing the most loyal players from Europe’s top five leagues.
Right there joint top are Barcelona’s Messi and Mr West Ham himself.
— MARK NOBLE (@Noble16Mark) October 25, 2020
Ironically Noble would be out in front on his own had Messi got his way in the summer.
The Argentine tried to walk out on Barca with a move to Manchester City mooted.
But in the end he remained at the Camp Nou, until next summer at least when he is expected to try and force through his departure once more after growing disillusioned with life at the club.