funky chicken wrote: ↑
Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:46 am
In fact if we wasn't so short of other leaders and I was manager I would be tempted to remove the captaincy from him. As he has done nowhere near enough to justify his role IMO.
I think even the most loyal of Noble supporters (which I put myself in) would agree that Old Father Time is catching up on our Canning Town boy. He's still got some tools in the locker (his peripheral switch last night showed that), however under Pellegrini's usual formation, Noble doesn't fit, particularly as a 32 year old midfielder in today's premier league which is built on pace.
Play Nobes in the holding role alongside a ball-winner and he can still control a game or see a winning position out (which is more likely as he moves to the bench). I've no gripe with the many who don't get Nobes, each to their own. Many said Danny Murphy wasn't very good either - those that know, know.
What I do have gripe with however is tosh like the part quoted.
Mark James Noble has played over 400 league games for West Ham United and has been a regular for every single manager since he broke into the team. The work he continues to do making sure several nationalities feel part of a squad that trains in a championship-level facility under an erratic board who continuously underinvest is fantastic. Not forgetting the community work that he continues to do to in his attempts to keep our famous old club somehow linked to us.
Remove him from the starting 11 as he gets older? Sure. Remove him as club captain? Incredibly disrespectful.
I'd rather 11 Nobles than a team full of Payet's and Arnautovic's any day of the week.