Mark Noble makes claim about West Ham squad ahead of PL opener v Man United
By Abigail Withey
West Ham skipper Mark Noble has claimed that the current squad is one of the strongest teams he has played in since joining the London side.
The 30-year-old is entering his 14th season as a first-team player, but believes Slaven Bilic’s existing side is potentially the best out of his whole time at the club.
The captain has made an impressive 406 appearances for the east London club where he has scored 47 goals and provided 52 assists.
He spoke recently about what a fantastic group of players there were at the moment.
Noble said: “This squad is definitely up there with the strongest I’ve played in for West Ham, when everybody is fit, we have an excellent group.”
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“We all know that places are there to be played for and there is competition everywhere,” the skipper told the club’s official website. “I think, with the squad and top players we have got this year, that there will be a time when the manager can be able to rotate things a little bit and give some players a rest.”
Bilic’s side finished in 11th place in the Premier League last season, and to ensure his team grew stronger he signed a a number of new signings, including some well-known players.
The Hammers’ boss added five full internationals over the summer months including Manchester City keeper Joe Hart on loan as well as his former City team mate Pablo Zabaleta, Stoke City’s Marko Arnautovic, Sead Haksibanovic and former Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez.
Four of the new signings except for Haksibanovic will join Noble in the Hammers squad at Old Trafford for their Premier League opener on Sunday, where Slaven Bilic will be hoping to secure three points against the Europa League champions Manchester United.
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