Pablo Fornals has admitted that he was blown away by how much power Mark Noble had at West Ham when he first joined the club.
The 26-year-old joined the Hammers from Spanish side Villarreal in the summer of 2019 for around £24 million (BBC).
Fornals has gone on to firmly establish himself as a real cult hero at the London Stadium. He gives his absolute all week in, week out and clearly absolutely loves West Ham.
The Spain international is a really important player for the Hammers as well and is arguably one of the first names on the team-sheet.
David Moyes loves hard working players and Fornals certainly fits into that category. He’s not just a workhorse though. Pablo is a technically gifted player as well and is hugely important for us when we need to break down a deep block.
As a new hero emerges in East London, another one’s time is coming to an end.
Mark Noble will retire at the end of this season having been part of the first-team since 2004.
Pablo Fornals raves about West Ham captain Mark Noble
The 34-year-old has such a huge influence at West Ham behind the scenes.
And Fornals explained just how vital he is to the Hammers when it comes to new players arriving at the London Stadium, as quoted by Marca:
“The moment I went to West Ham… I was very shocked by the power that my captain had. He was the first person who spoke to me. I was playing the Under-21s, and I was talking to the captain without even seeing him. Not even the manager. He was the first one who took an interest in me and tried to help me right from the start. You don’t see that very often in Spain. Our captain has been playing for the same club for 16 years. He is history. Symbolism of that moment.“
That proves just how important Noble is to our great football club.
We will really miss him when he hangs up his boots but hopefully the West Ham owners have some kind of role to offer the 34-year-old.
It would be no surprise to see Noble involved with the youth setup in some kind of capacity.
Every young player at West Ham looks up to the experienced midfielder. And Fornals’ comments go some way to explaining why Mark Noble is such a highly respected character at the London Stadium.