The former Hammers striker played with the mainstay during his four year spell in East London between 2004 and 2008, and has reiterated just how important he is to Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
Speaking on talkSPORT (May 10th, 9.35am), when asked about the most under appreciated player he had ever lined up alongside, Zamora said: “The Mark Nobles of this world.
“Just guaranteed seven out of 10, every single week. Seven out of 10 in the Premier League is a good job.
“He was one of those guys.”
There would be a fair few players willing to echo Zamora’s sentiments on Noble. The West Ham captain is a firm favourite amongst both players and supporters, and yet he still seems to be somewhat under appreciated for the work he does. Noble is a tireless presence in the centre of the park, crunching into challenges, mopping up attacks, and releasing those in front of him with simple intelligent passes. He is a classic central midfielder, the kind that will never go out of style, and it is easy to see why he has become a mainstay in this West Ham side. He may not score screamers or catch the eye in the same way that some of the Hammers’ more creative talents do, but he is integral to this side, and they will have a big job on their hands when it eventually comes to replacing him. Hopefully that won’t be for a while yet, but when the day does come, he will go down as a club legend.