Sky Sports pundit Matt Le Tissier hailed West Ham captain Mark Noble for his performance in the away win over Watford on Saturday.
The Hammers picked up their first victory of the Premier League season with a 3-1 scoreline at Vicarage Road.
Noble returned from injury for his first appearance of the season and slotted in a penalty after just three minutes.
The 32-year-old was a calming influence in the centre of the park and is extremely reliable from the spot.
Watford did equalise through Andre Gray, but new centre-forward Sebastien Haller netted twice in the second-half to get his campaign up and running.
Le Tissier, who was a penalty king during his playing days, praised Noble for his effort from the spot to help earn his team a win.
“[He played] as you’d expect. Steadying influence in the middle of the park, put himself in the right place a lot of the time. Cool as a cucumber from the penalty spot,” Le Tissier said on Sky Sports’ Football channel (5:35pm, 24 August).
West Ham now have some star-studded names at their disposal, but Manuel Pellegrini’s team just look a little soft when they don’t have their captain leading them into battle.
Aside from being a deadeye from the spot, the central midfielder puts in a tremendous shift for his side and is a calming influence on his teammates.
He kept in simple in possession against Watford and ensured that they kept ticking over.