West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has overseen his first game in charge of the Hammers, which Noble featured in, and the midfielder has provided an update over how he’s feeling looking ahead to the return of the competitive action next month.
“My legs feel fine. We’ve had a good ten days training in Ireland and we did a lot of work out there,” Noble told whufc.com.
“You can tell by the way the boys have come back for pre-season that they’ve done a lot of work to keep themselves in shape over the summer.”
Setting the example
It will be encouraging for the manager to see one of his experienced players leading the way in pre-season and not showing any signs of getting back up to speed after a summer break.
It would have been a worry for Bilic that older players may have been behind others in terms of their fitness but Noble has looked after himself and appears to be determined to feature prominently over the pre-season schedule.
He’s a good player for the youngsters at the club to look to in terms of the way he looks after himself and the way he handles himself away from the pitch.
Noble a key feature of Bilic’s midfield?
Noble is an important member of the squad but he may need to be prepared to accept that he’s not going to play in every game under Bilic.
He will be important because of his experience and it’s important he’s in a position to make that count regardless of the competitions he’s used in over the next ten months.