Redknapp: This player can solve West Ham mess (not Carroll)
By Matt Farr
Former West Ham boss Harry Redknapp believes the key to the Hammers’ revival this season lies with Mark Noble.
West Ham have made a disastrous start to the campaign, and are in 17th in the Premier League with just three wins from 14 games.
Heavy back-to-back defeats to Manchester United in the EFL cup and Arsenal in the league have left Slaven Bilic’s side in a precarious position heading into the festive period, with no wins in their last five games.
But Redknapp, who managed West Ham between 1994-2001, believes club captain Mark Noble could be doing more to unite his team as they bid to turn their season around.
He told the Telegraph: “Slaven Bilic requires the services of his captain now more than ever. West Ham are in a right mess and the input of Mark Noble over the next few weeks will be as important as anything that comes from Slaven.
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“That’s because it’s what’s going on in the dressing room that will decide the team’s fate.
“Most of the signings aren’t getting into the team, so they will all have the hump. They’ll sit around wondering what they’re doing there. If you have a load of negative people moaning about the club and the manager, then West Ham are doomed.
“That’s where Noble has got to get even closer to Slaven. If there are things like that happening, then he needs to inform his manager. He’s not being a snitch – he’s got to tell Slaven because he needs to rely on his senior players.”
Noble, 29, has been a regular feature of West Ham’s side this season, making 17 appearances in all competitions – contributing two goals and two assists.
But he has so far failed to live up to last season’s remarkable displays that saw him score seven times in 37 league appearances, and put himself in contention for Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad.
The West Ham skipper now needs to step up and perform again for his side, and lead them back to redemption. They face Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.