If anyone has earned the right to make predictions about West Ham United it is captain Mark Noble.
The one club legend is bringing the curtain down on his career this season.
Noble has pretty much seen it all during his near two decades in West Ham’s first team.
And the last 18 months or so under David Moyes will arguably have been among his most enjoyable.
Moyes has worked wonders at West Ham, turning the Hammers from relegation battlers into a bonafide European side.
The Scot led West Ham to a record Premier League points haul and a sixth place finish last season.
The Hammers agonisingly finished just three points off making the Champions League.
After a superb 4-2 win at Newcastle to start the new season at the weekend, hopes are high once again.
And looking to what a campaign including Europa League football might hold, skipper Noble truly believes the club can achieve something special (whufc.com).
“Europe is going to be great – I think it’s going to other places, seeing other stadiums and playing against some of the best players,” Noble told whufc.com.
“For my last season it’s pretty special, but it’s something that we can try to enjoy but go into a mindset of why can’t we go on and do something special this season in this competition? Hopefully that’s what we’re going to do.
“My main aim is to stay fit, have a strong season and try to get as far as we can in the Europa League.”
Noble makes a great point. And if Villarreal can do it, why not West Ham?
After the opening day win over Newcastle, West Ham will look to continue their fine start with a positive result against Leicester City on Monday night.
A full house of 60,000 will greet West Ham for the first time since February 2020 when the pandemic hit.
The club’s Europa League campaign Noble is so looking forward to starts in September.
But West Ham fans will be excited to watch the group stage draw when it takes place at the end of this month.