By Harvey Byrne
West Ham fans have urged Slaven Bilic to axe stalwart Mark Noble from the starting line-up ahead of Saturday afternoon’s clash against Bournemouth.
The 29-year-old is the current captain of the east London club and has been in the team since making his debut back in 2004.
However, supporters now want their long-serving man to play a more reduced role in the squad with many believing Cheikhou Kouyate and Pedro Obiang to be the best central midfielders in the team.
Noble played 77 minutes of his side’s 2-1 defeat against Chelsea on Monday evening and was involved in the mistake to the build-up to the first goal.
It would now seem that was the final straw for the majority of the West Ham fan base and many on social media want him out of the eleven for Saturday’s clash at the Vitality Stadium.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Hearing that Noble was at fault for one of the goals. I love Bilic, but he has to get over Noble being captain and drop him! #WHUFC
— West Ham News/Views (@WHUFC_News_6) March 6, 2017
Mark Noble is West Ham through and through, and he's a West Ham Legend etc…BUT he's to SLOW!! Bilic needs to grow some balls and drop him
— Ryan Mc ⚒ (@rimzie84) March 6, 2017
Bilic needs to be more ruthless & do what's best for the team. If his best mate Noble weren't a West Ham boy, would he start every game…?
— Weѕt Hαm Sociαl (@WestHamSocial) March 6, 2017
Bilic persisting with Noble is reminiscent of the Big Fat Sam/Nolan debacle. Apart from that BFS got lynched and Bilic gets a free ride.
— ⚒ Joe Emery ⚒ (@00emmers) March 6, 2017
It's so frustrating that Bilic refuses to drop Noble. He has to sit out now for a while… disrupts so much of our team and holds us back
— Laurence Towler (@lawtowler86) March 6, 2017
Expect to see Noble, Feghouli and Snodgrass all dropped next week otherwise Bilic is a bottler
— Mitchell Pearce (@Pearcey_) March 6, 2017
Noble has played in 401 encounters for West Ham in total, earning promotion from the Championship twice alongside two Hammer of the year awards.
However, now as the east London side look to progress with the London Stadium, the club stalwart could be one of the victims of the success.
In other West Ham news, Hammers fans also tore into Robert Snodgrass after his performance on Monday.