Mark Noble has just laid bare how fruitless West Ham's stadium move has been

West Ham United's Mark Noble looks dejected

When West Ham United left their beloved Boleyn Ground and moved to the Olympic Stadium it came with a promise.

General view outside the stadium before the matchGeneral view outside the stadium

The move from one of the most famous and intimidating grounds in England to the 60,000 seater Olympic Stadium would finally enable the club to truly compete with the Premier League elite.

Of course these things take time, and even the most impatient Hammers fan would accept their fortunes were never going to change overnight just because 25,000 extra people were cheering them on every other week.

But one of the big carrots dangled to supporters dubious about leaving Upton Park was that the extra revenue and allure of playing in a huge world class stadium would enable the club to compete for the top players.

The reality has been anything but.

West Ham have actually lost the most talented player they have had in the last decade since moving into the new ground after brooding Dimitri Payet forced a return to Marseille in January.

Co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold failed to deliver the marquee signings they had promised ahead of the move  as the club took a big step backwards last season.

West Ham United owners David Gold and David SullivanWest Ham United owners David Gold and David Sullivan

And although this summer's transfer window it still in its infancy West Ham look to be struggling to land their prime targets yet again.

That was more or less confirmed by skipper Mark Noble when he admitted on Sky Sports that the club is still struggling to compete in the transfer market, while urging the owners to invest.

"I think we need to get a few in," Noble told Sky Sports.

"I'm sure the chairman is working tirelessly to get them in but this market is so hard. 

West Ham United's Mark NobleWest Ham United's Mark Noble

"Players are so expensive now and you get priced out. We're competing with so many other teams to get the players we want."

Many might applaud Noble's honesty and defend his comments as being realistic.

But it is a sad state of affairs if the club cannot make the new stadium count for something, especially in the early days while the novelty remains.

West Ham's Olympic Stadium v DomizaleWest Ham fans have been filling the new ground

Others will see his comments as typical of the small club mentality which is holding West Ham back.

And for those fans - 52,000 of whom have backed the move by purchasing season tickets - only new, ambitious ownership, like that on display at Everton, will do if the club is to progress.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch