Bellamy says West Ham midfielder is thriving alongside new teammates

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Former West Ham United striker Craig Bellamy says Mark Noble is thriving in his role alongside the fresh talent in the Hammers squad.

 

Former West Ham United striker Craig Bellamy has told Goals on Sunday, broadcast on February 28 at 11.45am, that the club's attacking players are bringing the best out of Mark Noble.

 

The midfielder made his debut for the Hammers back in 2004, but he has arguably produced his most effective performances for the East Londoners since the arrival of Slaven Bilic last summer.

 

The Croatian soon signed the likes of Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini but while the pair have been credited with bringing extra flair to the side in the final third, Bellamy has suggested that their presence allows Noble to focus on his role in the centre of the park.

 

Noble has never been prolific - some of his 38 goals for the club have come from the penalty spot - but in recent weeks, the 28-year-old has emerged as a threat in and around the box, and his long-range effort at Norwich City earlier this month helped West Ham fight back from a 2-0 deficit.

 

Bellamy has acknowledged that Bilic's men are scoring from all areas of the pitch, but he has singled out his former teammate for specific praise.

 

The 36-year-old said: "You have to be impressed. I like this West Ham team. I was speaking to Mark Noble last week. Mark is a really good player but at this present time, he has good players around him. All he has to do is his job.

"He was saying that training has gone to a different level. These types of players like Payet, who has probably been player of the season, and the way he plays and the attacking options that they have, the threat they have from so many players. They just look a threat from so many areas."

West Ham are next in action when they host Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night.

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