Winston Reid's training ground stunner serves as a reminder who should be West Ham captain

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West Ham United's star defender Winston Reid scored a stunning goal in training to remind Slaven Bilic he could be his ideal next captain.

New Zealand skipper Reid is undoubtedly one of West Ham's best players and signed a new six-year deal with the club back in January to end months of speculation over his future.

And he proved that yet again with a superb strike on the training pitch today (Wednesday), lifting the ball over the head of Mark Noble - his main rival for the West Ham armband - before unleashing an unstoppable first time volley into the top corner of goalkeeper Adrian's net.

The strike was tweeted about by West Ham's media department, telling the world: "WHAT A GOAL! Watch @WinstonReid2 score a stunning volley in training earlier today."

And the goal was so good West Ham posted a clip of it on their YouTube channel.

Captain dilemma

Kevin Nolan is currently the Hammers skipper but has been frozen out of the first team by new boss Slaven Bilic.

As a result of his dwindling first team chances, Nolan has been linked with a move away to the likes of former club Bolton Wanderers, as reported by the Mirror.

In his place, though, Bilic has elected to name homegrown Hammer Mark Noble as captain for the matches against Arsenal and Leicester City.

Homegrown Hammer not guaranteed his place

While Noble is a fans' favourite at Upton Park and viewed by many as the supporter on the pitch, many feel his place his under threat after some impressive midfield signings and questionable form.

Just last week in the second half against Leicester, Noble found himself pushed out to the right hand side from his usual central midfield role as West Ham fought for a way back into the game at 2-0 down.

Some supporters feel the new skipper must be someone who is guaranteed to start most games and argue that is no longer the case for Noble.

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Reid however is a different proposition.

Comfortably the club's best defender, the Kiwi leads by example and while he didn't grow up a West Ham fan like Noble, is still one of the club's longest serving players currently with 125 games under his belt for the east Londoners.

A recent HITC.com poll revealed the club's fans are split right down the middle over who should get the armband between the New Zealander Reid and the midfielder.

But the only person who can decide that is Bilic, whose hand may be forced in the coming weeks if Nolan does leave before the transfer deadline.

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