Mark Noble has come in for some criticism recently.
Martin said: “The West Ham fans are always going to give him a fair crack of the whip as they know he loves the club and has been brought through the ranks. I don’t think he’s ever going to get the stick that Kevin Nolan got [from West Ham fans].”
Despite starting the season in great form, Noble has dropped off in recent weeks and has put his own team under threat for some questionable performances.
He was named Hammers’ captain by Slaven Bilic at the start of the season, which makes his position in the starting XI somewhat untouchable, regardless of his form.
Noble, 28, lacks the technical ability of his peers, and as a result often looks out of place. Effort and work rate is all well and good, but sometimes natural talent is needed.
He has two goals and two assists to his name in 21 Premier League appearances this term, and has managed some truly top class performances. However, these come around too infrequently, and it is not a surprise that criticism has been aimed at him.
Martin believes that Noble’s homegrown status means the West Ham fans will show more faith to the midfielder, which means this criticism is surely well deserved.
He is not like Kevin Nolan, who was criticised even when doing well, as Noble represents West Ham and always gives his all.
However, for a Premier League team with ambitions of Europe, giving your all is sometimes not good enough.