By Frank McAvennie

16th Jul, 2020 | 8:00am

Exclusive: Moyes told to axe West Ham mainstay who 'takes too many touches' from XI

Frank McAvennie has urged David Moyes to drop Mark Noble from the West Ham XI for their crucial game against Watford on Friday.

The Irons legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, fears that the Hornets dynamic midfield could expose the 33-year-old’s weaknesses.

The Hammers captain was reinstated to the starting lineup on Saturday as David Moyes’s side thrashed Norwich at Carrow Road.

It was Noble’s first start since a 2-0 loss against Spurs on 23 June with Tomas Soucek preferred alongside Declan Rice.

The English midfielder has made 32 appearances this season and scored four goals.

When asked by Football Insider if he would stick with the team that beat Norwich 4-0, McAvennie said:

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“When Mark Noble has been left out it has given Declan Rice a new lease of life.

“Mark Noble has been a great servant but I think his play time should be limited now. I prefer Lanzini because he looks forward a lot.

“Just before Noble got left out of the team he was taking two or three touches too many in that midfield. It was better against Norwich but they are woeful so I would not take too much out of that.

“Watford have a lively midfield. Declan sits in and does Noble’s job in breaking up the play and Noble is no playmaker.

“He is a very important part of the team but I would use him sparingly.”

Watford, like the Hammers, sit three points clear of the relegation zone on 34 points.

A victory on Friday would be a huge step towards safety with just three games of the season remaining.

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