As media speculation continues to link Hammers favourite Mark Noble with a possible move to Newcastle or Everton in the January transfer window, a recent appearance on Hammers TV provided an ideal opportunity to ridicule such idle speculation with Noble apparently wearing the Tynesiders colours! In reality, the loyal Noble is just as likely to join Grimsby or even St Mirren as Newcastle or indeed any other Premiership side, and is currently on a long contract having signed an extension last year. Moreover, he doesn’t even speak French, so a move to Alain De Pardew’s squad would cause endless communication difficulties!
After over a decade and almost 250 first team appearances, there is no sign of the Canning Town Kid’s dedication to the Hammer’s cause wilting. Even in the disappointing defeat to the Mancs, Noble put in a determined shift and forced the Hammers to keep their heads up pushing forward and refusing to give up. As our most present player of this season, it would take at least two players to even replace his match time – something the statistics-loving Allardyce will certainly know. Moreover, his growing understanding with Ravel Morrison bodes well for the future and suggests that any post-Allardyce Hammers midfield should be more than able to hold on to the ball when the inevitable reversion to the West ham way happens .
Maybe all this media speculation is a good thing as it might prompt Big Sam to install Noble as the new team captain, or even Roy Hodgson to take a look at his consistently excellent performances as one of a handful of quality English midfielders in the Premiership. On that front, word is that Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane are keen to enlist Noble’s services for a Republic of Ireland squad that is rebuilding post-Trappatoni. Either way, it’s time Noble got his chance on the International stage. No doubt the heavily Irish backroom staff at Arsenal will be taking the opportunity to have a close look at Noble against their troops today.
Let's hope they are well-impressed!