Kieron Dyer says Mark Noble credited his impressive form to playing with better players at West Ham United

Michail Antonio celebrates with Mark Noble after scoring the second goal for West Ham

Noble told Dyer that the Hammers captain has been made to look a better player by lining up alongside the likes of Dimitri Payet.

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Former West Ham United midfielder Kieron Dyer has told the Daily Express that Mark Noble admitted to him that playing alongside a better class of player has made him look like a better player.

The Hammers enjoyed arguably their most successful campaign in recent years last term as they finished seventh to qualify for the Europa League.

That success was largely built both on the new management of Slaven Bilic and the impressive form of the signings they made last summer, which included the likes of Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini.


West Ham's Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring their second goal

Payet in particular dazzled in claret and blue last term, being nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award, whilst Noble enjoyed perhaps his most acclaimed campaign in recent years as the engine in the Irons midfield.

Noble's own form saw him tipped by many for an England call-up, and although those calls were ultimately ignored by Roy Hodgson, the 29-year-old certainly appears to have stepped up his game in the last 12 months.

However, former West Ham midfielder Dyer has alleged that Noble admitted to him that he believes he has been made to look like a better player because of the luxury of playing alongside the likes of Payet and Lanzini.

Dyer told the Express: "I saw Mark Noble who I know very well from my time there, and I said to him 'bloody hell you’re having a good season’.

West Ham's Dimitri Payet, Mark Noble and Andy Carroll celebrate at the end of the match

"He said ‘Kieron, all it is is because I’m playing with very, very good players. I’m playing with Lanzinis and Payets and of course you’re going to look brilliant.'"

Whilst Lanzini will certainly be playing at the Olympic Stadium next season after signing a permanent deal in late March, Noble and Hammers fans will be praying that the captain gets to continue to line up alongside Payet next term.

The French star has impressed so much for both club and country that he has emerged as one of the top midfield transfer targets for a host of European clubs, although Noble claimed last week that Payet has intimated to him that he wants to stay at the club.

Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring the second goal for West Ham

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