David Moyes pays tribute to ‘excellent’ Mark Noble ahead of farewell West Ham United home game
West Ham manager David Moyes has paid tribute to veteran midfielder Mark Noble ahead of his final home game for the club.
The former England U21 international will be playing for the last time at the London Stadium on Sunday in the match against Manchester City.
Moyes was quoted by the Evening Standard where he heaped praise on Noble, who according to him will be missed in the future.
“He’s terrific off the pitch and for me personally he’s been excellent since I’ve come back and even on the first occasion he was very good,” he said.
“He’s been huge. During the pandemic he played a big part in all the things going on, between the club captains and even when it was between our players and the owners and different things going on at the club.
“He helped me an awful lot when I came in because he gave me an idea of what was required, what was needed, steered me in the right direction on one or two things and he’s a really good sounding board. You need people behind you who you can go and speak to and he’ll certainly be missed in the dressing room next year.”
Noble will be retiring as a true one-club man, as he never permanently made a move away from West Ham after starting with the academy in 2004.
Except for the two seasons on loan with Hull City and Ipswich Town, the 35-year-old is well on his way to finishing his top-flight career having played 550 matches for the Hammers’ senior team across all competitions.
Up to now, he has played 548 times for his current club, scoring 62 times and providing 61 assists in the process.
His most prolific season personally came in the 2015-2016 season where he ended up scoring seven goals for West Ham in 37 appearances in the Premier League.
In the ongoing campaign, Noble has played 21 matches, including just nine in the Premier League, where he managed to score two goals.
It will be interesting to see how Moyes will be able to replace the leadership qualities Nobles bring to the table for the club from the next season onwards.
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