West Ham United Manager David Moyes has lauded his club Captain Mark Noble as he prepares for a Premier League trip to the Bet365 Stadium, a game in with Noble is expected to make his 300th appearance in the Top-Flight.
Speaking about the remarkable achievement in his Pre-Stoke City Press Conference at Rush Green Training Ground yesterday, which MooreThanJustAClub were lucky enough to attend, Moyes stated,
“I’ve only had a short time with him but everything I heard and knew about him before I came here is proved to be correct, really good Captain, great around the club, good player, has really done a good job for West Ham over the years.
The former Manchester United Boss continued, “And he’s played well for us as well, he’s Captain and he’s making sure that the players are doing all the right things and understand what the club means.
So, I’ve got to say it’s great that he gets 300 games, you know, it’s a great achievement for him and I hope he continues because he has been good for us”.
Should the Gaffer pick him, the current longest-serving Hammer will become the first West Ham player to play 300 times in the PL, having made his first-team debut all the way back in 2004 against Southend United.
Since then, he has become a household name in East London, a fan favourite and all-time Claret & Blue Legend, however, the one thing he has never done is represented his Country.
After being shunned by various different England Managers, just what does Moyes think about Noble’s chances of being picked for the 2018 Russian World Cup by Gareth Southgate?
“Well, I think that age might go against him, I think Gareth has got a younger team and he’s got quite good competition, but I think that you never say never do you? You always hope that you can force your way in”, proclaimed Moyes.
The big thing is form, I think if the team plays well with Mark Noble in it, it will draw more attention from the England Manager”.
In the world’s most competitive League, the Skipper, appointed Captain when Kevin Nolan departed in summer 2015, has netted 33 times, many of them trademark penalties, and has assisted on 27 occasions.
Despite losing his permeant place in the starting Xl most recently under Slaven Bilic and then under Moyes, at the age of 30, there is no doubt that he still has plenty to offer.
But, questions remain over whether the new Gaffer will see that or not when the likes of Cheikhou Kouyate and Edimilson Fernandes make their returns from injury.
Luckily for Noble, who performed heroically to aid in his team getting positive results against Chelsea and Arsenal at London Stadium, he is in line to feature from the start later today.
However, will he be able to help deliver a first win on the road this season for the travelling Claret & Blue Army against the might of Mark Hughes’ Potters? All will be revealed in a matter of hours.