Date: 12th October 2017 at 10:55am
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OPINION

West Ham travel to Burnley on Saturday in the Premier League and manager Slaven Bilic should axe senior player Mark Noble from the side.

The Hammers captain has looked out of sorts at the beginning of the season and could do with a spell on the bench.

The 30-year-old midfield flop has dipped well below his regular standards and is struggling to dictate matches in the middle of the park like years gone by.

His performance in the 1-0 win over Swansea before the international break highlighted his frailties as he almost presented the opposition with a golden chance to score and offered very little in possession.

Noble was substituted off in that match after a disappointing performance and Bilic must finally axe him from the starting XI on a regular basis, having started seven of the nine games across all competitions this season.

Meanwhile, West Ham have the perfect replacement in their squad in the shape of powerhouse midfielder Pedro Obiang.

The 25-year-old has been absent with an ankle injury recently and that presented Noble with a chance to cement his place in the side.

However, Bilic must reinstate Obiang at the weekend against Burnley and he has the physical presence to help his side pick up three points.

The Spaniard works as the perfect defensive screen and is unselfish work allows the attacking West Ham talents to influence the game in the final third.

He showed signs before his injury that he is beginning to get back to his best and that is a very positive sign for the Hammers.

Obiang and Cheikhou Kouyate give West Ham a real gritty look to their midfield who should be capable of physically dominating most teams in the Premier League.