West Ham have been quite simply dreadful over the past two months.
The Hammers were sitting pretty in third spot in the table at one point this season.
They have fallen all the way down to 17th, however, having drawn two and lost five of their last seven league games.
And West Ham are just three points clear of the drop zone. They are in a relegation battle. There are no two ways about it.
Many of Manuel Pellegrini’s men have been in appalling form over the past two months. But there have been three players to emerge from that period with some credit.
The West Ham skipper never lets his team down, and he has been one of the few players whose performance levels haven’t dropped.
The 32-year-old continues to lead by example, and if every Hammers player put in the same kind of shift as Noble does, the east London outfit would be flying.
The 20-year-old England international has been excellent all season. Even with West Ham struggling, Rice continues to shine, and without him, Pellegrini’s men would be in real trouble.
The experienced Italian is one of the Hammers’ most consistent performers. It was somewhat of a shock when Pellegrini brought Fabian Balbuena back into the team recently.
He is arguably West Ham’s best all-round defender, and he hasn’t really put a foot wrong through what has been a really testing period.