West Ham captain Mark Noble says the club can’t keep relying on star man Dimitri Payet to dig them out of holes. The French international scored a free kick to draw the side level against Liverpool at the weekend, contributing hugely to the 2-2 scoreline at Anfield.
Speaking to Jim White on talkSPORT, Noble said he believes it is about time other players in the squad stood up and contributed more goals this season from the chances the Frenchman creates:
“He scores from 30 yards again and gets us back into the game. In the Premier League now, you need that player that can be very special at times when you need him. [But] the club needs to stop relying on him. We need, as players, to stop relying on him and help him out.
“The stats don’t lie and he has created the most amount of chances in Europe. He has still been one of the best players for sure in the Premier League this season. It’s up for the other players to score those chances he creates. He can’t cross it and score himself!”
The Hammers play Burnley tomorrow night in the first of two matches which Slaven Bilic has described as critical to the club’s season. After coming on against Liverpool on Sunday, Andy Carroll is expected to make the starting eleven for the game at the London Stadium.
West Ham go into the match four points behind the Clarets, and could close to within one point of Sean Dyche’s side who currently sit 13th in the table.