The Hammers have been the best team in the Premier League this season, sitting in third place in the table, and John Hartson has praised the talismanic midfielder Mark Noble for his performances whilst speaking to talKSPORT.
He said: “He’s got a lot of experience now, he’s played there for a number of years, and become a bit of a talisman for West Ham.”
Noble has been a key figure in West Ham’s first-team since making his debut in 2004 after progressing through their academy.
He has a fantastic work rate and a real love for the club, but the 28-year-old is often let down by his technical abilities.
It is his lack of technical strength which had many suggesting that this season would be the one which Noble sees himself out of the side, but the English midfielder has surpassed all expectations and established himself as one of the first names on the team sheet.
Sitting in the holding midfield role, Noble’s performances have been some of the best of his career, and he earned the honour of being names Hammers’ captain earlier in the campaign following Kevin Nolan’s exit.
He has kept up with his more technically gifted teammates, and choosing Noble as captain was a wise choice by Bilic, considering his love for the club and ability to motivate the other players to up their performance levels.
Noble has so far been a central player to West Ham’s success this season, and whilst not earning as much praise as some of his more respected teammates, the Englishman’s impact at the Boleyn Ground should not go unnoticed.