Paul Merson absolutely raved about West Ham skipper Mark Noble, when speaking exclusively to Sky Sports’ The Debate programme.

The 32-year-old limped off against Burnley on Saturday with an ankle knock. And it was clear to see just how much the Hammers miss their inspirational skipper.

Noble is nearing the end of his career, but he remains as important to West Ham as he ever has been.

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Mark Noble (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

The Hammers have two weeks off due to the international break. And they return to action against Tottenham Hotspur on November 23rd.

It is an absolutely massive game for both sides. And West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini will be desperate to have Noble fit and available for the match against Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

Merson highlighted just how important Noble is to the current Hammers side, when speaking during an appearance on Sky Sports’ The Debate programme:

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Paul Merson (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)

“As soon as Noble went off injured [against Burnley] after about 10 minutes, you might as well have took the rest of the team off. Without Mark Noble in the team I don’t see who gets this team up, I don’t see who drives them on. It was so lacklustre. He’s the one who drives this team forward, he’s the one who cares, he’s the one who gets everyone going.”

Merson is absolutely spot on.

Even when Noble is not at his best, he still brings so much to the West Ham team. And if they are to have any kind of success this season, they will need him to remain fit for the entirety of the campaign.

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