West Ham captain Mark Noble has praised Winston Reid’s attitude in training and his ability to get on with things in his column for The London Evening Standard.
Reid has been sidelined for more than a year and has not featured at all this season. But rather than acting demoralised, the New Zealand defender “gets on with his work”, according to Noble.
The 30-year-old is one of several West Ham players who have suffered long-term injuries this season. Andy Carroll, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez, Manuel Lanzini and Jack Wilshere are other examples.
But Noble singled out Reid after the defender returned to training. The West Ham skipper has been impressed by Reid’s application and positive mindset.
Mark Noble on Winston Reid
Noble wrote: “Winston has been another long-term casualty but he seems to have taken it into his stride a lot more than other players I have seen.
“He comes in, accepts the cards he has been dealt and gets on with his work. He has had a few setbacks but hopefully he can have a good pre-season and get back to the Winston we all know.”
Reid is unlikely to feature again this season and his future at West Ham is unclear. Whether the Hammers will ever see the dominant defender that become a fan favourite remains to be seen.
And Reid faces a battle to replace Fabian Balbuena, Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna in central defence next season.