West Ham United captain Mark Noble has pulled no punches with a message to the club’s owners over summer transfers.
Noble put in one of his best performances of the season with two goals in a 4-1 final day win over Watford.
The homegrown Hammers captain has once again been a key player this season, his 15th in the first team.
His brace against the Hornets ensured West Ham finished in the Premier League’s top 10.
Hammers take a step forward
It comes after co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold spent big to bring Manuel Pellegrini to the club.
They also appointed director of football Mario Husillos to overhaul the club’s recruitment.
And then they backed him and Pellegrini with a £100 million warchest for 10 new players.
Supporters sceptical but Noble sends a message
Some supporters are sceptical that splurge will prove to be a one-off rather than a new era of ambition.
But now Noble has used his latest column in The Evening Standard to make it clear to Husillos what is needed this summer to push the club forward.
“There will be some players leaving — perhaps four or five — and others coming in,” Noble told The Evening Standard.
“I think it’s needed, if I’m honest.
“We need some more hungry young players who want do well for the club.
“It can be a bit premature to say your goodbyes because frequently players don’t move on until well into pre-season.”
Noble is spot on.
And Husillos must continued his excellent work alongside Pellegrini to build a side around the likes of Issa Diop, Declan Rice and even Felipe Anderson – who is just 24.