Sam Allardyce has told West Ham United’s official site that he feels that Mark Noble learnt a lot from Kevin Nolan during their time together at Upton Park.
Noble took over the captain’s armband from Nolan at the start of this season, and the 28-year-old has thrived with the increased responsibility.
Noble has enjoyed his best season in a West Ham shirt this term, with his performances being of a consistency high level.
And Allardyce, who now manages Sunderland, insists that he always saw Noble’s captaincy credentials.
“Mark would have been captain if Kevin Nolan hadn’t come to the club,” he said. “I could see a lot captaincy material in Nobes, and he picked up more of that from Kevin during the four years they played together.
“He’s not frightened about saying what he thinks and that’s one of the problems in this modern age; Players don’t verbally express themselves enough but Mark has an opinion and his opinion is valid. That’s what makes him a good captain too.”
Noble is now in his 10th season as a professional at West Ham, and his testimonial is on the horizon.
The midfielder has arguably never before been so important to the Hammers, as his performances have set the tone for his side this season.
Although the likes of Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini have taken more headlines, Noble’s combativeness and passing ability in the centre of the pitch have been highly important.
West Ham supporters have urged Roy Hodgson to start selecting Noble for England, but he remains uncapped for his country.