Is resurgence of Mark Noble easing West Ham's central midfield pressures?

West Ham captain Mark Noble celebrates after the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium on October 25, 2017 in London, England.

David Moyes' pursuit of central midfield reinforcements in January was well documented, but how is the West Ham engine room coping?

Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford is challenged by Mark Noble of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Watford at London Stadium on February 10, 2018 in...

West Ham's midfield struggles have been well documented this season, especially in the earlier stages when the East London side found themselves amongst the relegation positions. 

Since the sacking of Slaven Bilic and subsequent arrival of David Moyes, the team have experienced much better fortunes and have done well to climb up the table, currently sitting one point away from the top 10.

Since the start of the new year the club's forwards have enjoyed a return to form with, Marko Arnautovic getting on the score sheet regularly, much to the delight of the manager and the fans. 

However, it has been the resurgence of a certain midfield general that has really helped ease the pressures of the team. 

Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United celebrates with teammate Javier Hernandez after scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Watford at...

Mark Noble is undoubtedly already regarded as a West Ham legend. The long serving captain is the club's all time leading Premier League appearance holder and has worked tirelessly for the team he supported as a boy since making his debut in 2004. 

His recent performances, however, have only led to increased adoration from the Hammers fans, as he continues to forge a strong partnership with Cheikhou Kouyate, who also appears to be flourishing. 

West Ham's pursuit of a central midfielder was well documented this January, with Moyes going after a number of different targets. 

The former Manchester United boss failed in his attempts to sign the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Tom Cairney, amongst others, but did manage to land Euro 2016 winner Joao Mario on loan.

Joao Mario of West Ham United runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and West Ham United at Amex Stadium on February 3, 2018 in Brighton,...

Mario, on loan from Inter Milan, has traditionally played in central midfield throughout his career, however, has been deployed in a more advanced position since his arrival in East London. 

With Pedro Obiang having been ruled out for the rest of the season following surgery to his knee, it is imperative that Kouyate and Noble continue their strong run of form and remain fit if West Ham are to build on their season turn around and earn a top half of the table finish. 

Always appreciated by the West Ham fans, Noble has gone under the radar in terms of international recognition and continues to be overlooked for England. 

Aged 30, you would think that the West Ham legend's time has passed, however, the Hammers captain's dedicated performances from central midfield is the exact sort of spark that the national team have been missing at times. 

Regardless, the London Stadium crowd will welcome a return to form from their midfield talisman, and hope he can remain fit to ease the pressures in central midfield that Moyes has experienced since taking over in early November. 

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