Mark Noble always had the quality to be West Ham star, says Glen Johnson

The midfielder has starred for Slaven Bilic's side this season and is set to play in his testimonial.

Mark Noble always had the quality to be a star for West Ham United, Glen Johnson has told the club’s official website.

The Hammers captain is set to play in his testimonial this week to celebrate a life-long association with the club.

It comes during a season in which he has starred for Slaven Bilic’s club, putting in a number of impressive performances in the heart of midfield.

It has arguably been his best season at the club as they push for a Champions League place, and Johnson says he, alongside the likes of Joe Cole, always knew he had the quality to be a Hammers star.

“I remember playing with Mark back when he was 14 and he came to train with the first team,” he told

“Even then, at that young age, you could see he had the sort of ability to be the type of guy that could move on and become the type of player he has.”

“I remember Joe Cole certainly saying that the boy played well and is doing all the right things and has got a good head on his shoulders, so he couldn’t have been any better at that age.”

Noble will now be hoping that he can continue his fine form as his side aim to secure a top four place in the games remaining.

It would certainly represent a fine end to a superb first campaign under Bilic, who has proved to be a wise replacement for Sam Allardyce this season.

It will be interesting to see if their attention becomes divided though, with the FA Cup on the line and Noble himself having admitted that is his main aim.

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