By Beck Pascal

16th May, 2022 | 11:30am

Ally McCoist gushes over 'undervalued' West Ham United veteran Mark Noble

Ally McCoist has been floored by Mark Noble’s “fantastic” West Ham career whilst insisting that the 35-year-old is “undervalued”. 

The Hammers legend played his last home game at the club after a long and illustrious 18-year spell in east London in the 2-2 draw with Manchester City. 

Epitomising the Irons, the talkSPORT pundit held back no praise for the rarely seen loyalty shown by the veteran – insisting that it needs to be appreciated.  

McCoist told talkSPORT: “In this day and age, Mark Nobles are few and far between. We should appreciate undervalued people like Mark Noble. One man club is just amazing.

“He’s had a fantastic career. He’ll correctly be held in such high esteem by all football supporters, but particularly West Ham supporters.

“There’s nothing like for a football supporter that one of your own playing at the club and loving the club as much as you do as a fan and come all the way through and stay.

“Mark Noble epitomises all that is good about a player showing loyalty to a club and the club showing loyalty to a player.

“I remember speaking to [David] Moyesy about him and said he was a top, top lad. I don’t know Mark Noble but is just one of these guys you can tell is no problem at all.

“It was quite emotional to watch it, but what and congratulations to him.”

Legend. 

It feels quite surreal that the West Ham fans will never see Noble play at a professional level at home for the club again. 

He will obviously play his testimonial and most likely make appearances in charity games etc. but that isn’t the same as playing at the highest level for your boyhood club. 

They might see him in action away at Brighton on the last day of the season but that will be nothing in comparison to the send-off he got on Sunday [May 15]. 

The London Stadium was in carnival mode yesterday to give him a fitting send-off which undoubtedly helped the team to the fantastic start they made. 

It was difficult to see him so emotional as he did a lap of the pitch before and after the game. 

You could see what the club means to him and it will be a huge shock for everyone next season when he isn’t there.

In other West Ham news, Martin Samuel has responded to the latest West Ham London Stadium developments dubbing it the “deal of the century”.

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