By James Wood

14th Apr, 2021 | 10:48am

Stuart Pearce: Mark Noble is an absolute credit to football and West Ham

West Ham first-team coach Stuart Pearce has heaped praise on club captain Mark Noble for his fantastic efforts on and off the pitch this season. 

The 33-year-old started for the second time in six days against Leicester City on the weekend. In doing so, he made his 400th appearance in the Premier League for the Hammers. It’s a landmark achievement that only a select few can claim.

Speaking on the talkSPORT breakfast show on Wednesday [9.45 am], Pearce labelled Noble as a credit to football for his dedication to West Ham and continued efforts despite being in and out of the side this season.

“He’s been brilliant for this football club, I’m immensely proud of him,” said Pearce.

“This season he’s been outstanding. When he’s been in the team he’s been fantastic, when he’s been outside the team as well.

“To have a senior pro that’s been on the outside of it when the team is doing well can be difficult. But he’s taken that role on and he’s an absolute credit to himself, this football club and professional football.”

“He’s an absolute credit to football.”

Captain fantastic

Noble has come back into the side in the absence of Declan Rice and reminded everyone what he is capable of, ourselves included. He’s been outstanding in the last two matches, leading the side to victory against Wolves and Leicester.

You don’t make 400 top-flight appearances by fluke. Noble will go down as one of the best players to ever play for West Ham. We’re keeping everything crossed that he’ll be fit to play a part against Newcastle this weekend.

A lot has been made of Noble’s role this season. He himself even admitted to taking more of a backseat in his open letter to supporters, stating he is happy to help with bringing the younger lads through.

His role has switched in the last few weeks, and in fairness to him, he’s exceeding expectations. Prior to the Wolves game, we hadn’t won a Premier League game this season in which he’d started.

Losses to Newcastle, Chelsea and Manchester United, along with a 2-2 draw at home to Brighton made for grim viewing. Noble has put an end to that, though, with two emphatic performances in six days. He clearly has a lot more still to give.

In other West Ham news, in anticipation of the clash this weekend, here are three players who’ve played for both Newcastle and the Hammers.