By Kevin Campbell

23rd Dec, 2020 | 4:00pm

Exclusive: Pundit drops 4-word verdict on Mark Noble quitting West Ham

Kevin Campbell has full faith West Ham captain Mark Noble will come good despite his poor performance in their 3-0 loss to Chelsea.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Arsenal and Everton striker put Noble’s poor performance down to a lack of match sharpness.

Noble was making his first Premier League start since the opening day of the season in the Hammers’ 3-0 loss to Chelsea.

The long-serving Hammers captain replaced Said Benrahma in the starting XI and lined up behind Sebastien Haller in the number 10 role.

The 33-year-old created no chances and completed zero dribbles but did finishing with a pass completed percentage of 87.5, according to fbref.

Asked by Football Insider whether his performance at the Stamford Bridge was an indication Noble’s career at West Ham is over, Campbell delivered a four-word verdict: “I don’t think so.”

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He then added: “Mark Noble hasn’t played a lot of football and it’s always difficult when you haven’t played a lot of football and you come into a game like that.

“Chelsea are one of those teams that when they turn it on, they can turn you over or when things are tight they can produce a bit of magic and turn you over.

“It’s a bit harsh just to blame Mark Noble.

“West Ham have done fine this season – they’re alright. I wouldn’t start pointing the finger quite yet because they’re up the table.

“Give Mark Noble a couple of games and he’ll be fine.”

 

Noble has now played 272 minutes across all competitions this season and is yet to take a shot and has completed just one shot-creating action, according to fbref.

His last goal for West Ham came in a 4-1 defeat to Leicester City in February.

In other news, Darren Bent has been left in awe of a West Ham player hailed by Lionel Messi as perfect for Barcelona.