West Ham United captain Mark Noble has endured another topsy turvy season so far.
The homegrown Hammer was pillared by fans and pundits alike after being brutally exposed in a midfield two at 2the start of the season.
Manuel Pellegrini stuck with the formation and Noble looked laboured in four consecutive Premier League defeats.
A switch to a midfield three, with Declan Rice the legs in the heart of midfield, saw Noble and West Ham turn things around.
Snodgrass has impressed in Noble absence
Victories against Everton and Manchester United and a fine draw against Chelsea restored belief.
But that was until Noble was sent off up at Leicester.
An early goal away from home had put West Ham in control at the King Power.
Noble saw red for a late tackle, though, leaving his teammates to battle on for over an hour to earn an heroic point.
In Noble’s absence West Ham were beaten by Spurs in the league cup but got back to winning ways with a 4-2 victory over Burnley.
Robert Snodgrass has impressed in Noble’s absence.
Noble did not look impressed
But the 31-year-old died-in-the-wool Hammer scoffed at a suggestion from a Sky Sports reporter he might be worried about regaining his place in the side.
“Not at all really,” Noble told Sky Sports not looking particularly amused by the suggestion.
“As long as the team is winning. It is a long season, we have so many games.
“It doesn’t fuss me at all.
“Obviously I’m not injured, so I train every day and obviously I miss the games, but that’s the price you pay when you make tackles and you play the game the way I do.
Legs around him and Noble will shine
“You are going to mistime a tackle sooner or later and I did that.”
Key to Noble being part of a successful West Ham team will be having legs around him.
But with the likes of Rice and Obiang around him it frees Noble up to do what he does best, pass the ball through the thirds and start off attacks.
Time will tell if Pellegrini does bring Noble straight back into the side.
A lack of options due to injuries means Noble isn’t likely to be out in the cold too long.