West Ham skipper Mark Noble suggested that he gets nervous before every training session and every match, when speaking exclusively to the London Evening Standard.
The 32-year-old is a vitally important member of Manuel Pellegrini’s squad. He is still yet to play a competitive match for the Hammers this season, however.
Noble has missed West Ham’s first two Premier League games due to a calf injury, but he could be back and available for selection today away at Watford.
And the Hammers fans will surely be delighted to see the experienced midfielder back in action.
Noble is closing in on his 500th game for West Ham. And he has been part of the east London outfit’s senior setup for the past 15 years.
And the 32-year-old shared with the London Evening Standard one of the secrets to his indelible success:
“I’m 32 now but I still get nervous before every training session and that’s because I want to be the best player out there. I’ll have that attitude until my final game as a player and I suppose it’s a fear of failure which drives me on.”
He went on to say:
“It’s the same with anything — golf, table tennis. If I’m on my way to play a round of golf there is an anxiety in me, a feeling of “I can’t lose today”. I know that might sound strange but it has served me well over those past 15 years.”
Noble certainly makes West Ham tick.
And having him back and available for selection will be a huge boost for Pellegrini.
The Canning Town born midfielder is West Ham through and through, and if the east London outfit are to enjoy a successful campaign this season, they will need their skipper to be fit and firing on all cylinders.