These players are all experts at impacting a game in both penalty areas, and in the vast swathes of grass in between. The box-to-box central midfielder is a valuable asset to any side and The Boot Room have picked out five for you to choose from that will make it into the Premier League Team of the Season. Leave your vote in the poll at the end of the piece.
Mark Noble has been exceptionally unlucky to not to be rewarded for his displays this season with an England call-up. The clamour for him to be recognised by Roy Hodgson in the build-up to international friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands was cacophonous, but after being ignored he instead had his testimonial held at Upton Park.
Noble has enjoyed one of the best campaigns yet during his lengthy career, earning plaudits for his all-round performances in the middle of the park that have been a significant factor in West Ham United’s unexpectedly high league position coming towards the closing weeks of the season. He has exhibited outstanding quality when in possession of the ball, exemplifying the fact that players from these shores do indeed possess natural ability, as he has a range of passing up there with the best of them. Noble has taken up the mantle of delivering some fantastic set pieces into the opposition’s penalty area, rarely allowing for the ball to be easily cleared.
Away from his technical prowess, Mark Noble is arguably best known for his tenacity and combative approach to proceedings. He is hardly afraid to stick his foot in, and loves the chance to snap away at the opposition midfielders. The 28-year-old is at his peak right now and still has a good couple of years at the top of his game. Should Hammers qualify for the Champions League, Noble should take great pride in the club’s achievement and will deservedly lead the side into Europe’s elite competition at their new stadium.