Club Captain Mark Noble To Give West Ham One More Year

Mark Noble, West Ham. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
Mark Noble, West Ham. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images) /

Mr West Ham, Mark Noble, has signed a one-year contract extension at West Ham, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2021-22 season. The midfielder has had a reduced playing role this season due to Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice’s midfield partnership.

Noble’s contract was due to expire at the end of the current season. But with the current restrictions in place over fans, it would be hard to imagine Noble being fine with bowing out in front of a partial capacity crowd. The club captain deserves to be seen off by a full London Stadium, which should happen next season.

Despite playing in a reduced role this season, Noble has been relatively reliable when called upon. The Englishman lacks the pace to be really effective in the Premier League. However, when being introduced late on in games to help see out the last 10-15 minutes of matches, he has been solid in the midfield.

West Ham club captain, Mark Noble, has been at the club for 21 years and is not about to leave without saying goodbye to everyone.

Mark Noble, West Ham.
Mark Noble, West Ham. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images) /

Next season, Noble can expect to have an even more reduced role than during the current campaign. If David Moyes’ side do qualify for a European competition next season, the squad will need filling out. One spot that needs reinforcements is Noble’s position. If someone like Alex Kral or Teun Koopmeiners are signed, it will drop Noble further down the pecking order.

Noble has made over 500 appearances for the East London club and had cemented himself as a Hammers legend. The midfielder helped the club back to the Premier League after relegation to the Championship and has captained the club to European football on two occasions.

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The one negative of Noble’s career is the lack of that coveted England cap which he has deserved on a few occasions. West Ham fans won’t care about that and will continue to sing “too good for England” whenever the cockney Pirlo is on the pitch.