Date: 2nd December 2020 at 7:40pm
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Speaking recently on the U Irons podcast, Roshane Thomas suggested that club captain Mark Noble could leave West Ham United at the end of the season.

Since making his debut for West Ham as a 17-year-old back in 2004, Noble has gone on to make a staggering 508 appearances for the club, scoring 60 goals and providing 61 assists along the way.

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However, so far this season, the central midfielder has played a total of just 82 minutes of football in the Premier League, having not started a league game since the club’s defeat against Newcastle United in the opening fixture of their 2020/21 campaign.

And with Noble’s contract set to expire in the summer of 2021, Thomas, speaking on a recent episode of the U Irons podcast, suggested that this season could be the £4.05 million-rated 33-year-old’s ‘farewell tour’.

He said: “Mark Noble – that hasn’t been discussed a lot, this could be Mark Noble’s farewell tour, for all we know. This could be his last season at West Ham. He’s going to be 34 at the end of the season and it’s unlikely that he’ll be offered a new deal.”

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TIF Thoughts on Roshane Thomas’ comments regarding Mark Noble’s future…

From Thomas’ comments, it would appear as if the journalist is of the belief that it doesn’t look good for Noble in terms of being offered a new deal by the club, which, if nothing changes, will see the midfielder’s almost 17-year professional career at West Ham come to an end. Interestingly, David Moyes seemed to suggest the opposite recently, so it remains to be seen as to whether he will end up leaving at the end of the season.

However, in our opinion, David Moyes would be wise to try and keep Noble around at the club, perhaps by moving him into a coaching role, as the midfielder’s experience, as well as knowledge of the club, could prove to help in developing the next generation of West Ham players.