Mark Noble lauds West Ham's squad depth after busy summer of transfers

Mark Noble

The Hammers academy product played the full 90 minutes as Slaven Bilic's side moved up to fifth in the Premier League table on Monday night.

West Ham United captain Mark Noble has lauded the club’s new-found squad depth and suggested exciting times lie ahead, in an interview with whufc.com.

The 28-year old played the full 90 minutes as West Ham comfortably saw off Newcastle United on Monday night, with two goals from the excellent Dimitri Payet ensuring all three points.

The Hammers’ academy product reserved special praise for the former Marseille man and stressed the importance of utilising him correctly this season.

“He is strong, has got great feet and can score a goal. We just need to look after him," he told whufc.com.

Last night’s victory also saw Victor Moses make his West Ham bow, and Noble is pleased with what the on-loan Chelsea winger produced.

“He brought us pace and strength. Victor is a great lad and doesn't show too much emotion,” he said.

“It was a big decision from the manager to play him as he left Pedro (Obiang) out and he was fantastic against Liverpool. But I think at home we wanted to set our stall out and go for the game. We certainly showed that early on.”

Aside from the added threat of Moses and Payet, the Hammers now boast their greatest squad depth in recent years and Noble pointed to the bench as evidence of this, adding: “We have the added quality that Victor brings to the team and you can see the quality we have got on the bench with big AC (Andy Carroll), Jelavic, Michail (Antonio) who is hungry and looks really strong in training. It is exciting.”

The captain’s words reflect the current mood around the club after a summer of excellent transfer business.

The Hammers have managed to recruit both players that have brought depth to the squad and those that have made a difference to the starting XI - setting up the East London club for their most successful season in a long time.

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