Central midfielder Noble’s hard work and intelligent passing has gone unnoticed by many, but not by Clarke.
“Type 'Mark Noble underrated' into Google and you will discover 243,000 results,” Clarke wrote on Premierleague.com. “West Ham's long-serving midfielder is widely recognised as a player who deserves more credit.
“It is a fair assessment. At 28, and in his 12th season as a West Ham first-teamer he continues to be a positive influence.”
“No three Hammers players pass to one another more than Aaron Cresswell, Dimitri Payet and Noble,” added the 41-year-old. “With the skipper orchestrating their involvement as much as possible, the trio have conjured up the majority of the team's efforts on goal.
“Without receiving such regular and intelligent service from the uncapped Englishman, there is every chance that talismanic playmaker Payet would not have enjoyed such a spectacular debut BPL season.”
Noble has been at West Ham his entire professional career so far and is a very consistent player. The 28-year-old is not exactly a ‘great’ midfielder, but he is certainly someone who gets the job done and is reliable.
The former England Under-21 international has scored three goals and created 33 chances in 25 Premier League appearances so far this season.
Noble has a pass accuracy 86% and a shot accuracy of 33%, and has won 12 headers, 18 dribbles and 48 tackles.
West Ham are seventh in the Premier League table at the moment with 40 points from 26 matches, seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.