When speaking to reporters during his pre-match press conference today, David Moyes suggested that West Ham are lucky to have Mark Noble, as quoted by the club’s official website.
If selected, the 33-year-old skipper will make his 500th appearance for the Hammers against Watford tomorrow night.
Noble’s powers are clearly waning. He has regressed this season, and the West Ham fans have aimed heavy criticism in the skipper’s direction, especially over the past six months.
The midfielder was in exceptional form against Norwich last weekend, however. He proved that he still has what it takes to make the Hammers tick, albeit not as regularly as he used to.
And the 33-year-old’s influence on the team and leadership skills must not be taken for granted. When he doesn’t play it is clear to see that David Moyes’s side lack leaders.
And Moyes told reporters today just how important Noble is to West Ham, as quoted by WHUFC.com:
“It’s harder to be at a club for that length of time nowadays. He’s showed a great level of commitment to this club. He’s captain, a really important player for us, and I think West Ham should consider themselves lucky to have a really good player and a really good man at the club.”
West Ham will need Noble for their remaining three games. Make no mistake about that.
The midfielder might not possess the quality in possession of the football that he once did, but he still has a hugely important role to play for the Hammers, both on and off the pitch.
And the 33-year-old will surely be given some kind of role at the London Stadium when he eventually hangs up his boots.