Exclusive: Whelan names the only West Ham player still 'fighting' for the team
Noel Whelan has claimed that Mark Noble is the only West Ham player who is fighting for the side at the moment.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United man suggested that the Hammers are suffering from a lack of character on the field, and that their veteran skipper is on his own in terms of displaying any.
The 32-year-old has missed just three Premier League games so far this season, with the Irons picking up one point from a possible nine in those matches.
David Moyes’ side currently sit 17th in the Premier League table, but Whelan believes they would be performing a lot better if more players followed the captain’s example.
“Sometimes it’s not about how good you are on the ball, it’s about your character and desire and heart you’ve got for the game,” he told Football Insider.
“I think West Ham seem to be lacking in a bit of that.
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“The only person I see with that is Noble, at the moment. He’s the one fighting for West Ham.
“They need more of those sorts of players in the ranks.”
Despite his side’s struggles, Noble has personally enjoyed a fruitful season in West Ham’s engine room, hitting four goals and an assist already from the centre of midfield, including a brace against Bournemouth on New Year’s Day.
By comparison, the experienced Hammer only registered five goals over the entirety of last term.
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