Date: 20th September 2019 at 10:55am
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Teddy Sheringham has singled out West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble, praising his former teammate for his service to the club.

The former West Ham forward was delighted to see the 32-year-old excelling in the Premier League, and put his current success down to being on the same wavelength as Manuel Pellegrini.

Sheringham was impressed with Noble’s ability to stay at peak fitness throughout his career and backed the West Ham legend to continue his run of form in the first team.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s game with Manchester United on the club’s official website, Sheringham couldn’t hide his admiration for the midfield man.

“I also like the fact that they’re still being led by my man Mark Noble which is fantastic to see because he’s some player,” he said.

“Right now, you can see that Mark’s really enjoying his football and being part of this exciting West Ham team. He’s certainly got the drive to keep himself at peak fitness levels and having been fortunate enough to steer clear of any serious injuries so far, hopefully, he can keep that going.”

OPINION

Noble epitomises everything it means to play for West Ham. The experienced midfielder is a vital part of Pellegrini’s side, and is at the heart of everything his team does, whether going forward or in defence. The 32-year-old has started the season in fine form, averaging 51.3 passes per game according to WhoScored at a success rate of 85.1% as he looks to constantly recycle possession for his side. On top of that, Noble also completes an average of 2.3 tackles to protect his back four when they need it the most. His experience goes a long way for the Hammers, as he is surrounded by young players making a name for themselves in the Premier League in Declan Rice and Issa Diop. Rice especially has benefitted from having Noble alongside him, something which was highlighted against Manchester City, as the 20-year-old struggled positionally without his captain beside him. Pellegrini will no doubt want Noble to continue playing for as long as possible, as the experienced Hammer edges towards his 500th West Ham appearance.