'Brilliant' - Exclusive: Darren Bent blown away by West Ham player who started today
Darren Bent showered West Ham midfielder Mark Noble with praise and admitted he loved seeing players who are totally committed to their clubs.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former England international shared that he thought Noble had been a brilliant servant to the Hammers as he understands what it takes to play for the club.
The 32-year-old midfielder made his 484th appearance for the Hammers by starting his side’s Boxing Day clash with Crystal Palace.
Bent acknowledged that Noble’s legs were slowly starting to go but pointed out he believes the midfielder will go straight from the pitch onto the Hammers’ coaching staff when he hangs his boots up.
“Mark Noble has been a brilliant, brilliant servant for them,” Bent told Football Insider.
“To play so many games for that club, he is Mr.West Ham through and through, he understands what it takes to play for that club.
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“And I love seeing guys like that, I was playing against Noble for years and years, and I love that seeing those guys who are so committed to a club.
“You can see his legs are slowly starting to go, and you can tell Noble is going to go straight from that pitch onto the coaching staff.
“As I’ve said, he is Mr.West Ham.”
The English midfielder has regularly featured for Manuel Pellegrini’s side this season as he has made 16 appearances across all competitions.
Noble still has a notable amount of time left to run on his current Hammers contract as it isn’t due to expire until 2021.