Former Everton defender Andy Hinchcliffe highlighted on the Sky Sports Now show on Sky Sports News HQ on Thursday morning the importance of midfielder Mark Noble in the current West Ham United set-up.
“You look at Mark Noble sitting in front of that back four, nice and solid,” said the former Manchester City star. “He has been asked to do a specific job and he does it.”
Noble has not always been at his best this season, but the Englishman has played relatively well and has led the team by example.
The 28-year-old has protected the West Ham back-four and has helped launch attacks from midfield.
The Englishman may not be as flamboyant in his style as his teammate Dimitri Payet, but his importance to the team cannot be undermined.
Noble has scored two goals and created eight chances in nine Premier League appearances so far this season.
The West Ham midfielder has a pass accuracy of 86% and a shot accuracy of 40%, and has won three headers, nine dribbles and 15 tackles.
Slaven Bilic’s side are fourth in the Premier League table at the moment with 17 points from nine matches, just four points behind leaders Manchester City.