Karren Brady picks an incident which demonstrates Mark Noble’s leadership skills

Karren Brady

West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady speaks highly of club captain Mark Noble.

West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady has highlighted in The Sun an incident which justifies the club’s decision to hand Mark Noble the captain’s armband.

Noble was appointed the West Ham skipper on a permanent basis following the departure of attacking midfielder Kevin Nolan in the summer transfer window.

The 28-year-old central midfielder has been at the Hammers his entire professional career so far and was a popular choice for the captaincy.

Brady has given an example from last weekend’s Premier League game between Manchester City and West Ham at the Etihad Stadium which shows why Noble is a good leader.

“There are moments that tell you a lot about a team’s attitude,” Brady wrote in her football diary in The Sun (Saturday, September 19 entry).

“As West Ham man the barricades to keep rampaging Man City out for the final minutes, full-back Carl Jenkinson — floored for the second time — is taking a time to stand up.

“Mark Noble walks over and, with a gesture that seems to say ‘off you go mate, we’ve got work to finish’, he points his team-mate to the touchline.

“No need for time-wasting is the message. We’re good enough to hold out for three of the best points we’ll earn. And they did. Great captaincy and a great performance.”

Noble was a great choice for the West Ham captaincy, and he has proved that he can lead the team.

The Englishman has scored two goals and created four chances in six Premier League appearances so far this season.

The central midfielder has a pass accuracy of 87% and a shot accuracy of 40%, and has won three headers, seven dribbles and eight tackles.

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