Mark Noble could be in line for a surprise start for West Ham against Dinamo Zagreb tomorrow night according to a report from The Sun.
The Hammers headed out to Croatia today in preparation for their opening Europa League game against Zagreb.
David Moyes has a few selection headaches with the Premier League match against Manchester United coming on Sunday afternoon.
The Scot will undoubtedly tinker with his starting XI. There is quite simply no way that West Ham can go throughout the entire campaign with the same 12 or 13 core players starting week-in, week-out.
One player in particular who won’t be playing much this year is Mark Noble.
The West Ham skipper, 34, is expected to be handed minutes here and there when one or two of Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek or Alex Kral are not playing.
Mark Noble in line to start for West Ham against Dinamo Zagreb?
The 34-year-old is still an incredibly important figure for the Hammers.
Noble, who earns £65k-a-week (Football League FC), is a huge influence in the West Ham dressing room. He could be in line to play a part on the pitch tomorrow night as well.
The Sun claims that David Moyes is debating whether to start the Canning Town-born midfielder against Dinamo Zagreb tomorrow.
His experience and leadership skills certainly could come in handy away in Croatia, especially considering how notoriously partisan the crowd are at the Stadion Maksimir.
Noble doesn’t have the legs that he used to. He can’t get around the pitch as much as he once did for the Hammers.
Sometimes it’s about more than that though. Cool heads and composure under pressure are needed in the heat of battle.
And there aren’t many better in that respect than Mr West Ham himself – Mark Noble.