Should West Ham United follow Chelsea’s John Terry example for the big Mark Noble send off against Man City this weekend?

David Moyes already has plenty to worry about when it comes to team selection with West Ham still very much in the race for a Europa League spot.

Chelsea have an FA Cup final on the horizon but their drop off in the Premier League has put them under pressure to secure their top four spot in the final three games.

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There is no love lost between West Ham and Chelsea that’s for sure.

But should West Ham follow Chelsea’s John Terry example for the big Mark Noble send off against Man City this weekend?

Chelsea may be out of the title race but they may have set a precedent which helps have a say in how it pans out.

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West Ham welcome title hopefuls Manchester City to the London Stadium on Sunday for captain Noble’s emotional farewell.

It will be the last home game the Hammers skipper is involved in as a player for West Ham and he will get a rapturous goodbye from fans.

Noble is a real rarity in the modern game as he will end his days as a true one-club man having only ever been a West Ham United employee throughout his senior football career.

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Even Chelsea legend Terry cannot lay claim to being a one-club man having gone on to play for Aston Villa.

The former England and Chelsea captain started his career as a teenager in the youth setup at West Ham.

Terry started out with famous East End feeder club Senrab before joining West Ham’s Academy setup under Tony Carr.

It was his dad’s dream to see him play for West Ham but he left for Chelsea and the rest, as they say, is history.

Terry went on to make the number 26 famous at Chelsea.

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And when he left the Blues he was substituted in the 26th minute in a pre-orchestrated move so he could receive a standing ovation and guard of honour against a Sunderland side managed by none other than Moyes (BBC Sport).

Moyes had agreed to the arrangement for the ball to be kicked out on 26 minutes so Terry could receive his send off.

So should West Ham follow Chelsea’s example for the big Noble farewell against Man City?

That would see West Ham start the skipper against Pep Guardiola’s title chasers before substituting him after 16 minutes.

While it would offer a fitting tribute there are a number of issues.

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The game is hugely important for both West Ham and Man City. There is a Europa League place on the line for West Ham and the title for Man City.

Moyes would have to effectively waste a substitution very early on in order to give Noble a Chelsea-esque Terry send off.

With only three subs it could be too big a risk.

West Ham may invite criticism for trivialising an important match too.

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It may be a better bet than bringing Noble on for a few minutes at the end, though.

Or does the Hammers skipper play at all? Does Moyes just approach the City game like any other match and allow Noble a send off after the final whistle?

Whether the Scot allows sentiment to come into his thinking remains to be seen.


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