Noble confident West Ham can compete in toughest ever season

West Ham's Mark Noble celebrates after the match

West Ham will be looking to beat the big boys like they did last season.

West Ham's Mark Noble celebrates after the matchWest Ham's Mark Noble celebrates after the match

West Ham United captain Mark Noble has insisted to the club's official website they are confident they can complete with the big sides this season, despite admitting it will the toughest season yet.

The Hammers were highly impressive last season, finishing seventh in the table and securing Europa League football in Slaven Bilic’s first season in charge.

Their campaign featured several high profile away wins, as they beat the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City on the road.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic during the press conferenceWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic during the press conference

This year is likely to be an even bigger challenge the last with the arrival of Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho at Manchester United sure to spice things up.

And Noble insists that this season will be toughest in his time, but insists his side are confident of taking on the big boys.

“Do I think this is going to be the toughest season I’ve played in? Probably yes,” he told the club’s official website.

“[But] we know we can compete with the big boys, we did that last year. We haven’t got the same spending power of maybe as big a squad, but we have got a great bunch of lads who enjoy playing together.”

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic with Dimitri Payet as he is substitutedWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic with Dimitri Payet as he is substituted

If the Hammers are to compete again, there is no denying that Dimitri Payet will be key to their hopes of doing so.

The Frenchman was the star performer for Slaven Bilic’s side last season and they will need him to replicate those performances once again this season.

It will be interesting to see if he can do that though, with his exertions at Euro 2016 sure to take their toll at some point.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic before the gameWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic before the game

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