West Ham United captain Mark Noble deserves major plaudits for his upturn in performance level lately.
The midfielder made a particularly slow start to the season, and was targeted for criticism by many as the Hammers struggled to get points on the board early doors.
Some felt as though Noble was too unfit and immobile to remain a regular feature of the starting lineup.
Calls grew for Manuel Pellegrini to drop his out-of-sorts skipper in favour of summer signing Carlos Sanchez.
The change was eventually forced upon the Chilean, with Noble suffering a back injury.
Since returning a few weeks ago against Everton, Noble has produced some inspiring form compared to the way he started.
Noble deserves some credit
Noble really did cop a lot of flack for his opening couple of displays against Liverpool and Bournemouth.
He did look laboured and off the pace, but he surprisingly seems a different player post-injury.
For the last three games against Everton, Chelsea and Manchester United, Noble has excelled as part of a three-man midfield with Declan Rice and Pedro Obiang.
It is a testament to his character that he has been able to turn things around, because everything pointed towards his demise a few weeks ago.
Now he’s back, and is surely one of the first names on Pellegrini’s team sheet.
He can play a big role for the Irons going forwards from here.
He embodies the spirit and tenacity the team have shown lately, and deserves major credit for not wilting under all the criticism.