West Ham United fans have had a mixed reaction to Manuel Pellegrini’s comments about Mark Noble.
Pellegrini has hinted that Noble could have a big role to play at West Ham this season.
He said: "That is why he is so important. He has so many years here and he is the captain. He is a very good player and also a very good leader. He will give everything to try to grow with this new project.”
The comments have drawn a mixed response from West Ham fans, who have very different opinions on Noble.
While some Hammers supporters are huge admirers of Noble, there are others who fail to see his value, and that difference in views was reflected in the reaction to the comments on social media website Twitter.
He will give everything, no doubt! But is he capable of closing down , pressing and screening the back 4 ? Thats where i have my doubts! One thing is for sure, there will be more movement around him under Pellegrini! COYI'S— Tommo (@NJThompson94) July 26, 2018
Glad to see Pellegrini sees how important Noble is still to the club on and off the pitch. No doubt has a role to play.— Anthony (@terryant94) July 26, 2018
Since he began his career, every manager has loved him. Just a section of silly fans that have no clue get on his back.— dave_hoppers (@dave_hoppers) July 26, 2018
But can he protect a back four? Play a box to box role? Shoot with both feet outside the box? Can he take on and beat his man? He is even slower than zabaleta— Curdy Da Don (@CurdyDaDon) July 26, 2018
Oh dear.— Angolan Saxon (@Bartolo72301474) July 26, 2018
But he don’t do back heels, flicks and tricks so when the going gets tough we can all say it’s he’s fault and his legs are gone— Baz Cox (@Baz1980WHU) July 27, 2018
ANOTHER manager, ANOTHER man that gets paid to pick a team and he’ll be using him. They can’t all be wrong surely?
But what do I know https://t.co/YVBCfQQtNL
Noble is currently in competition with the likes of Pedro Obiang and new signing Jack Wilshere for a starting place at West Ham this season.