Watford striker Troy Deeney has called for every Premier League club to give ‘last of his kind’ West Ham United captain Mark Noble a guard of honour next season.
The West Ham skipper announced this week that next season will be his last after signing a final one-year deal with his beloved club (whufc.com).
Noble has been a peripheral figure on the pitch during what is shaping up to be West Ham’s best season for 35 years.
Deeney hails Noble after Hammers skipper announces next season will be his last
But David Moyes has made it clear the 33-year-old’s leadership off the pitch has been key to their success.
The new one-year deal will ensure Noble gets the send off he deserves, in front of West Ham’s fans.
Next season will be Noble’s 18th and last in the West Ham first team.
And Deeney – who has forged a close relationship with Noble after the pair worked closely together during Covid discussions with the Premier League last year – has paid a glowing tribute to West Ham’s homegrown hero.
The Hornets captain has told The Sun that Noble is a dying breed and should be honoured by rival Prem clubs at every ground.
‘We won’t see his like again’
“One-club men like Noble are virtually non-existent in the modern game,” Deeney told The Sun.
“I’m sure he could have moved and earned more money elsewhere but he loves that club.
“I hope he gets guards of honour everywhere he goes next season. We won’t see his like again.”
It is a lovely suggestion from Deeney and would be a fitting send off for Nobes.
Whether West Ham’s rivals take it on board remains to be seen.
Tributes coming thick and fast but owners warned over recruitment
The tributes will be coming thick and fast over the next year.
Former Hammers favourites Dean Ashton and Jack Collison have wasted little time delivering theirs this week – read full story here.
With Noble set to call time on his playing days in the next year, West Ham’s owners have been warned they must bring in players who can fill in for Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek.
Jamie Carragher and Rob Green were the latest to highlight the lack of depth in key positions in West Ham’s squad this week.