West Ham United director of football Mario Husillos has been very impressed by Hammers captain Mark Noble’s form this season, according to Claret & Hugh.
The reliable Hammers news source claims that Husillos was blown away by the 32-year-old, who is set to be heavily involved in the first team picture once again next term.
The east London outfit have been linked with all and sundry in central midfield this summer, but regardless of who they bring in it’s thought that Noble will feature prominently next campaign.
Noble, after a rough start to the season, found his feet and delivered another terrific campaign of football in the centre of the West Ham midfield. There will always be those Hammers supporters who latch onto his every mistake or bad game as evidence of him being in terminal decline. They’ll claim he’s past his best and is no longer useful to manager Manuel Pellegrini. However, that’s nonsense based on what we saw from the Englishman down the stretch this season. Noble was one of the team’s better players over the second half of the campaign, delivering consistently quality performances and forming a top class partnership with Declan Rice in the middle of the park. At 32 years of age he is obviously in the twilight of his career, but he’s not over the hill just yet. Clearly the team will need to find his successor eventually, which it appears they are looking to do this summer, but that doesn’t mean he should be sidelined next term.