David Moyes should give club captain Mark Noble his 550th appearance for the Hammers, by playing him in the next two league fixtures.
With only two games remaining for West Ham in the 2021/22 Premier League season, Hammers’ fans are preparing to say their final goodbyes to Mark Noble.
Mr. West Ham has been an integral member of the club ever since making his debut in 2004, coming through the academy to showcase why he deserved to be a senior player.
Since then, the 35-year-old has gone on to become a club legend and an icon around West Ham, embodying the characteristics of a true Hammer that supporters expect from their players.
However, in just two weeks the club will have to bid farewell to their most prized possession, a type of player that is extremely rare to find in football these days.
Currently, the main man sits on 448 appearances in all competitions for West Ham but, with just two games to go, it would be the perfect send-off for manager David Moyes to get him to 550 – which will leave him in 6th place of the all-time West Ham appearances table – behind only Billy Bonds (799), Frank Lampard Snr. (670), Bobby Moore (647), Trevor Brooking (643) and Alvin Martin (596).
The club have two fixtures against Manchester City (H) and Brighton and Hove Albion (A) coming up, where the squad need to pick up points in order to qualify in the top six of the table and finish in a Europa League spot.
Noble has been effective coming on as a late substitute in the past few weeks and now that his career is coming to a close, it would be fitting that he reached that important milestone.
It’s almost a given that he will feature at some stage against Manchester City at London Stadium as it will be the last chance the east London crowd will get to see him on home soil before his retirement, but there are still question marks over whether he will play any part in the Hammers’ trip to Brighton on the final day of the campaign.
West Ham’s skipper will always be a hero in the eyes of Hammers’ supporters, and to see him finish with the club in this fashion would be the perfect ending to a remarkable career.