West Ham midfielder Mark Noble came under criticism for his poor performance against Newcastle United.
Former Chelsea player and now popular football pundit Tony Cascarino says that West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble is “struggling” in the middle of the pitch.
West Ham have made a poor start to their 2017/18 Premier League campaign, having lost the opening three matches.
In their last match, the Hammers suffered a 3-0 defeat against Newcastle United at St James’ Park, where several players performed below par. One of them was the West Ham skipper.
The 30-year-old midfielder couldn’t prevent Newcastle from cutting through the middle, and Cascarino believes that he is finding it hard to get around the pitch.
The football pundit says that Noble’s attitude and commitment is unquestionable, but if he continues to perform poorly, it won’t be a big shock if West Ham start to count against him.
Noble is a local player who has progressed from the club’s youth academy. He made his senior debut in 2004, and has made over 400 appearances for the club in all competitions.
"I feel sorry for Mark Noble. I think him being the local lad from Canning Town in West Ham’s first team could start to count against him," wrote Cascarino in his column for The Times.
"He’s the club captain and his commitment is unquestionable, but he’s struggling in central midfield. He’s finding it hard to get around the pitch and I wonder if he might be carrying an injury.
"When things are going well being the local lad is great and the fans love you, but when you start to perform poorly it’s impossible to get away from the criticism. You hear it, your family hears it, your friends hear it, and I worry that is starting to happen with Noble."