Mark Noble has demanded more from Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna in training recently, according to The Athletic.
The news outlet claims that Noble, 32, has been left to raise the tempo at West Ham’s Rush Green training ground while Ogbonna, Declan Rice and Robert Snodgrass are becoming more prominent voices among the squad.
It is understood that Noble demand more from the two centre-backs on the first day back of the international break when neither player was involved in any kind of international duty.
Noble is club captain, so this should be expected of him, but it does not look too great from Diop and Ogbonna’s point of view. Why does someone need to demand more of them in training? Why are they not already applying themselves 100 per cent? Why is Manuel Pellegrini not the one who is demanding more? Sure, it is expected that players like Noble will speak up, but it just begs the question about what is happening at West Ham at the moment because their form has been awful since the last international break. Ogbonna has been dropped from the starting line-up for the last couple of matches to be replaced by Fabian Balbuena. Although Balbuena scored against Newcastle, the Irons’ defence has looked worse without Ogbonna. He needs to get back into the defence with Issa Diop as soon as possible otherwise the Hammers’ form will never improve.