Jesse Lingard has just proven how valuable Mark Noble is to West Ham, when writing for the Players’ Tribune.
The experienced Hammers midfielder is heading for the exit door at the London Stadium.
This will be his last season after 19 years with West Ham.
The 34-year-old has played 532 games for the Hammers and has chalked up 60 goals and 61 assists in the process (Transfermarkt).
It will be a very sad day when Noble hangs up his boots. David Moyes will surely try to keep him at the London Stadium in some kind of capacity though.
Jesse Lingard has proven how valuable Mark Noble is
The West Ham skipper is an integral part of the way things work at the London Stadium. He is particularly influential regarding the way in which the club help new signings settle in.
And Lingard’s comments on The Players’ Tribune prove just how much influence Noble has at West Ham:
“He (Noble) took me under his wing and explained to me what West Ham is all about. I remember on one of my first away games, I was sitting in the back of his car on the way to the airport. Immediately, I was on my phone. But he wasn’t having any of it. He turned to me saying, ‘Whoa, no phones allowed in here! We talk.’ I was like, ‘O.K. … fine’. On the plane, I would normally whack the headphones on and listen to music, but Nobes and the rest of the guys wouldn’t stand for it. It was like that everywhere at West Ham, proper conversations about everything. No phones, no social media. No more mm-hmm. If we were having dinner at a hotel, we’d stay down there for ages just talking. It helped us bond as a team, and personally, it helped me a lot.”
Noble clearly has such a key role to play at West Ham.
He is nowhere near the player he once was on the pitch anymore but he is indispensable off it.
Lingard pranks Noble on his birthday:
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And hopefully Noble will stay at West Ham for many years yet to come.