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David Moyes must have a plan to strengthen his midfield in the summer transfer window after Mark Noble was informed that he was leaving West Ham United at the end of the season.
Which is the word?
While talking to Football Insider, former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan said the 2020/21 season could be Noble’s last at London Stadium.
Whelan believes that £ 4 million The veteran will still have the fire in his stomach to go out and cut it elsewhere, as Noble won’t want his playing career to end on a whimper.
What should Mark Noble do next season?
Stay in the Irons
Become a coach
Join a new side
Moyes has awarded Noble starting roles in just three of the Hammers’ 23 Premier League games so far this period, while giving him nine more starts from the bench for a total of just 279 minutes.
Ben Johnson (143) and Jesse Lingard (180) are the only outfield players currently at West Ham to have appeared in the top flight. less often than Noble this season, but Whelan doubts the 33-year-old is ready to throw in the towel.
“He loves the club, it’s West Ham from start to finish, but I think everyone will understand that if it’s his senior year and he’s coming to the end of his career, he needs to play and enjoy it, make the most of it and squeeze every last juice out of the game. he got, ”Whelan said.
“He doesn’t want to end up alone at West Ham and be a secondary player, that’s not how people want to end their relationship with a club. I’m sure he feels like he has enough left to go play a couple more seasons somewhere and be successful somewhere.
“He will still have that desire and appetite for the game, and I think it could be a goodbye for him at the end of the season.”
Does Moyes have a Plan-B?
Noble is nearing the end of his current contract with West Ham, with his £ 50,000 per week terms that expire in the summer. So Moyes will need to have a Plan-B in place in case the midfielder decides to leave London Stadium, to hang up his boots or wear a shirt other than claret and blue next season.
It has come as no surprise to see Noble struggling to enter the field for Premier League matches this season, with Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek performing at excellent levels in Moyes’ two deep midfield roles.
His efforts have left Noble forced to rely on a fall in the form of Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals or Manuel Lanzini to win all three of his starts in the attacking role, and his chances have only been reduced with the addition of Lingard on loan from him Manchester United. .
But Moyes can’t just say goodbye to Noble at the end of the season, as the 33-year-old is currently his only senior player behind Rice and Soucek, who, along with Aaron Cresswell, are the only Irons players in the game. function for 2070 minutes of regular time in the highest category this period.
It’s vital that Moyes and his recruiting team spend the next few months working with West Ham scouts to find a replacement, as well as a forward to fill the void for Sebastien Haller, as he could be desperately out of options next season in a campaign. which may still include European football.
And in other news, West Ham is willing to take a £ 19m hit to unload a £ 85k-p / w flop…