Should West Ham try and bring Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey home to replace Mark Noble?

Mark Noble of West Ham United celebrates his team's 1-0 victory during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at the London Stadium on May 5, 2017 in...

West Ham United have looked laboured this season but could Newcastle United star help turn the tide in January?

West Ham United's Croatian manager Slaven Bilic reacts on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Brighton and Hove Albion at The London...

West Ham have the second oldest squad in the Premier League and it has showed this season while Newcastle have made a superb start and sit up in seventh place at the quarter way stage.

Slaven Bilic's job is on the line after just two wins from the club's first nine games.

That has left the Hammers just above the relegation zone on goal difference.

All is not well at the London Stadium with Bilic looking ever closer to the exit door after a humiliating 3-0 defeat last time out in the Premier League.

A stunning fightback from 2-0 down to beat bitter rivals Spurs 3-2 in the Carabao Cup midweek was encouraging.

But despite the win and his own return to the team homegrown captain Mark Noble has been on the periphery of late.

Mark Noble of West Ham United celebrates his team's 1-0 victory during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at the London Stadium on May 5, 2017 in...

Noble has taken the brunt of criticism from supporters who feel he no longer has the athleticism to compete in the increasingly quick top flight.

A lethargy in the team is backed up by statistics which show the Hammers are bottom of the table when it comes to the number of sprints made and the total distance covered on the pitch.

So could boyhood West Ham fan Jonjo Shelvey be the answer in January?

Shelvey started his youth career at West Ham and comes from a family of Hammers but left the club after his brother was released.

His career since has taken him from Charlton to Liverpool and Newcastle via Swansea City.

Newcastle United's English midfielder Jonjo Shelvey applauds at the end of the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium in...

But despite being linked with an emotional return to East London several times, the Hammers have never pushed the boat out to bring Shelvey home.

He has all the attributes to make a big difference for the club and as a fan there would be no lack of fight either.

Rafa Benitez would be reluctant to lose Shelvey despite the Spaniard's criticism of his temperament following a needless sending off against Tottenham earlier this season.

But the 25-year-old would be welcomed with open arms by supporters who will never forget his crossed Hammers salute to Millwall fans at the Den when taking a corner during his time at Blackpool.

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