Next few games will show how much Mark means to Hammers

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Although a stalwart of the West Ham team will miss the game against Birmingham City this weekend, and others, isn't it time Mark Noble was given the recognition he deserves?

Noble has been in the first team since 2004 despite the fact that he is only 23 years old. He is the longest-serving player in the current squad. He also captained the England Under 21 squad, with rumours now that he is set to declare for the Republic Of Ireland.

Noble is a regular in the West Ham first team and, if I’m honest, you almost take him for granted. He is now out for at least a month after having his appendix out, and it is now we start to think “oh dear, what will we do without him?”

His recent form has awarded him much deserved credit as he has been a rock in central midfield along with Scott Parker. Many Hammers fans believe he is one of the most under-rated players in the Premier League and I’m not one to argue.

Back in 2007, he was awarded Young Player of the Year and also the ‘Knees up Mother Brown’ Young Player of the Year which he also won in 2005. The only other clubs he has played for have been Ipswich Town and Hull City, both on loan. He is one of the best representatives for West Ham’s youth academy, as he shows class, determination and loyalty. With every game he plays, he works for the 90 minutes and never gives up.

He has just been awarded West Ham Online player of the month for October, and some would say it’s typical that he has been ruled out for a month just when he was in top form. Well, it does seem to be just our luck seen as we also have Thomas Hitzlsperger sitting there on the sideline after he had a great pre-season.

Recent reports have stated that Noble is set to declare for the Republic Of Ireland. Now, it is debatable whether or not it would be a good idea. If he was to declare for Ireland then he would surely get his place on the team. Not only that, but he would be a great addition to the Irish side.

But, if he didn’t declare for Ireland, what are his chances of playing for England? Seeing as he has captained the English Under 21 side, he would surely have a good chance of playing for the national team.

We will wait and see what Noble decides to do. Regardless of his choice, he is still a Hammers legend and always will be.

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