The 28-year-old has been a revelation for the Hammers this season, after being handed the captain’s armband by Slaven Bilic.
And Nicholas feels that having more responsibility has helped Noble develop into an integral part of West Ham’s starting line-up.
"He’s just grown as captain," Nicholas said. "He fits in efficiently. He’s nice and simplistic and then he arrives on the edge of the box and gets the odd goal. I just love his control. He’s still in there and aggressive, but at the same time he’s a nice footballer."
Noble has been one of the Hammers’ most consistent players this season, as they have mounted a charge for the top four.
West Ham are currently just one point away from the Champions League qualification spaces, and they are in brilliant form.
Noble’s role in their rise has been crucial, as he has made 35 appearances for the London club in all competitions.
Noble’s good form has seen calls grow for him to be included in England’s squad which goes to Euro 2016 this summer.
The combative midfielder has never been capped by his country before, but there is a belief that he would enhance the Three Lions’ options in midfield.