Mark Lawrenson comments on Mark Noble situation

The West Ham team pay their respects to the late Malcom Allison and Eddie Baily during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Newcastle United at The Boleyn Ground...

West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble has not been playing well so far this season.

Mark Noble of West Ham United looks on during a Pre Season Friendly between Manchester City and West Ham United at the Laugardalsvollur stadium on August 4, 2017 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble is looking a bit long in the tooth.

Noble has been on the books of West Ham his entire professional club football so far and has a contract with the London club until June 2020, according to Transfermarkt.com.

The 30-year-old central midfielder is a good player, but the Englishman has not been at his best so far this season.

Mark Noble of West Ham United celebrates scoring his team's first goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and A.F.C. Bournemouth at the...

West Ham have struggled in the opening weeks of the 2017-18 Premier League campaign and so has Noble.

The former England Under-21 international is the club captain, but is it time for manager Slaven Bilic to drop him?

Liverpool legend Lawrenson has given his take on Noble’s situation, and has suggested that based on performances he does not have a place in the West Ham midfield.

Mark Noble of West Ham United celebrates his sides 1-0 win after the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at Boleyn Ground on March 2, 2016 in London,...

“Bilic has a big decision to make there," Lawrenson told BBC Sport. "Noble is looking a bit long in the tooth.

"He is obviously such a top professional and seems a brilliant bloke to have around the club too - the type who would run things in the dressing room, all those kind of things - but it boils down to whether he still warrants a place in the side.

"Probably on performances, you would have to say no. The midfield area is an issue for them, which is why they were trying to sign Sporting Lisbon's William Carvalho, even though Sporting denied it.

"But even without Carvalho on board, there might no longer be any room for Noble in the team.”

West Ham will return to action on Saturday afternoon when they take on West Bromwich Albion away from home at The Hawthorns in the Premier League.

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