Stuart Pearce has praised Mark Noble for his ability to come into the West Ham United line-up and deliver whenever David Moyes needs him to, via quotes by

Noble earned his third start of the season so far as the Irons beat Manchester City in the Carabao Cup. His prior opening calls also came in the Hammers’ cup ties, taking kick-off at Manchester United in the previous round and against Rapid Vienna in the Europa League.

Moyes has rarely leaned on the 34-year-old during Premier League fixtures this term, with just two-minutes on the field. Coming off the bench in the closing stages of August’s win over Leicester and in stoppage-time against the Red Devils.

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Yet despite playing just 274-minutes over seven outings in all competitions, Pearce lauds what Noble offers West Ham. Praising the £50k-a-week midfielder’s influence on and off the pitch at the London Stadium.

“He has been a wonderful captain for this club for over a decade,” Pearce said. “He’s been incredible. He’s a great role model for young players and I know as a coach, because I worked with him at Under-21 level.

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“So, we’ve got a connection going back to when he was in his late teens and early 20s. And he is one that he inspires from within, from within the dressing room. And credit to him, he has not had a load of game time this year but when he was asked to come in and lead the team tonight, he has been incredible. He’s a great role model for young players.”

Can Noble still deliver for West Ham, like Pearce believes?

Noble’s performance against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup offered reason for Pearce to praise the West Ham captain. But his performance over 90-minutes showed the veteran cannot deliver at the highest level for every second on the field.

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He led by example and offered a calm presence in the Hammers engine room, in what was a daunting draw. The Citizens had not lost in the EFL Cup for five-years before visiting east London, enjoying a 1,826-day unbeaten run.

Manchester City occasionally found ways to bypass Noble with ease during regular time, as Moyes afforded Declan Rice a rest. Noble also wasted a set-piece in the first-half when West Ham could have applied earlier pressure. Yet confidently fired home his penalty to set the tone, the Hammers up to win the shoot-out and secure a place in the quarter-final.