Former Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has been singing the praises of West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble.
Noble has played for the London outfit his entire career and remains an important figure in the team at the age of 27.
The former England Under-21 international has been a key player in the Hammers’ truly brilliant campaign so far.
In 11 Premier League appearances, Noble has scored one goal, created 14 chances, won 52% of his duels, has a 86% pass accuracy and a 60% shot accuracy, leading Redknapp to underline his quality.
“Mark Noble is West Ham’s Mr Consistent,” Redknapp wrote in The Daily Mail. “You would do well to find a player in the Premier League who gives more for his team than Noble, but he’s a quality player, too.
“He’s another who does not jump out as an obvious talent but he does an excellent job in a team that is going places this season.
“He will have seen Stewart Downing head off for England duty and Fabian Delph and Jack Colback have been called up recently. Noble might rightly be wondering when it will be his turn.”
Noble is one of those unglamorous players who go unnoticed until it is too late. At the age of 27, he is just about to hit his peak, and England manager Roy Hodgson would do well to give him a chance.
The West Ham midfielder may not be able to give anything extra to what the other England players already provide, but his performances so far this season do merit at a least a call-up.
Perhaps if Noble continues to perform well for West Ham, his time will eventually come.