West Ham captain Mark Noble put in an excellent performance after coming on for the last half hour against Liverpool yesterday evening.
Manager David Moyes opted against starting the 34-year-old, despite Declan Rice being sidelined with illness, but Noble showed that he could still do a job with his cameo role in the second half at Anfield.
The midfielder delivered a sumptuous diagonal ball for Michail Antonio, who should really have equalised, and fans on Twitter were keen to highlight his contributions last night:
Was arguably our best player when he came on!
— Andy Milbank (@AndyMilbank) March 5, 2022
I thought he was outstanding when he came on
I wasn’t the only one
— West Ham Rob 🇺🇦 (@OpulentCockney) March 5, 2022
How can anyone deny this man a bit of paying time
— The RAW Organisation (@raworganisation) March 6, 2022
He was brilliant when he came on
— Sam ⚒⚒🇺🇦 (@SamanthaWalsh1) March 5, 2022
His ball to Antonio was unreal.
— dave23bravo (@DavidHoughton82) March 5, 2022
Tbh I thought @Noble16Mark was superb when he came on. Spraying balls about. I would be trying to talk him into one more season. Perfect to come on for last 10-15 mins. Amazing in the dressing room and it’s not like out squad is so big we need to make room for new singings
— Stuart (@Ooglestu) March 6, 2022
I don’t know why some people keep saying he’s finished! He could do a couple more years in the prem tbh
— Justin (@justinfromvan) March 6, 2022
Noble may not have the fitness to start every game anymore but he can still do a job when called upon. After replacing Nikola Vlasic yesterday, he managed to take control of the match and get his team on the front foot.
It wasn’t quite enough for the Hammers to get any points out of the game, but Noble showed that he can provide a useful option off the bench between now and the end of the season.