Noble explains why pre-season has been strange at West Ham

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West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble has explained why pre-season has been different compared to recent seasons.

West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble has explained on the club’s official website why he feels pre-season has been strange at the club.

The Hammers’ preparations for the new season are in full swing and the club have already played two competitive games, with two wins against Lusitan in the Europa League qualifying round.

Noble has suggested what’s been different about the club’s pre-season campaign compared to previous summers, but he’s certainly not predicting any long term issues for the squad.

“It’s been a bit of a strange pre-season and normally everyone is together but we haven’t seen many of the other boys like Joey O’Brien and James Tomkins,” Noble told

“It’s a little bit strange but then we can all gel together as a team and get the new signings training with us every day and hopefully we can have that as an almost new start to our pre-season.”

Players getting together at different times

It’s not uncommon for a club to have first team players getting back together at different times.

Some players have extra rest, while others are called back early for any number of reasons. It’s also important to point out that the early start of West Ham’s season, meant the club had to call back a certain portion of players before other first team stars.

Trust is the main theme

The main theme for the players and the fans is to trust the club’s new manager Slaven Bilic.

Bilic will have an idea over who he wants to start in his side for the Premier League and he’ll be watching all of his players closely to judge their fitness levels, even if they haven’t been training together collectively over an extended period of time.

There’s plenty of time left before the game against Arsenal and opportunity for the entire squad to train together productively.

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