West Ham United ran out 2-0 winners against Manchester United on Sunday, and captain Mark Noble was in fine form once again for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
The 32-year-old was making his fourth Premier League appearance of the season for the Hammers, and produced a commanding display in the middle of the park, especially in the second half.
The Englishman began the new season injured, but has had a major influence for the Irons ever since returning against Watford.
Some expressed their concerns about Noble before a ball was kicked this season.
The star is not getting any younger, and he played a lot of games last term. But so far, he has shown that his influence for West Ham remains as strong as ever. Against United, he was voted Man of the Match by Sky Sports’ Gary Neville.
It could make for a frustrating time for Jack Wilshere.
Wilshere may have forsaw 2019/20 as his breakthrough season for the Hammers after more injury struggles last term.
But he could well be forced to get used to the bench thanks to Noble answering his critics early on.
Declan Rice’s position in the team is nailed down, so Noble’s place would, in theory, be his best chance of becoming a starter.
For the moment, Manuel Lanzini is out injured (for three to four weeks via football.london) so perhaps the number 10 role is what Wilshere should be looking at, although summer signing Pablo Fornals will hope to get the nod going forwards.