There has been plenty of transfer activity at the London Stadium this summer with Manuel Pellegrini adding a host of new faces to his West Ham squad.
And now with most of the Hammers’ business done as far as incomings go, a few departures can be expected before the transfer window closes shut next month.
Pedro Obiang and Cheikhou Kouyate are just two names to be linked with moves away from the London Stadium and, should either be discarded by Pellegrini, then it would come as good news to £6.3m-rated (via Transfermarkt) club captain Mark Noble.
Noble does not win a lot of plaudits for his old school, dogged playing style and the arrival of Pellegrini — whose teams often play with flair and have a certain swagger about them — may have had the 31-year-old sweating on his place.
However, the former Manchester City boss has eased any fears the West Ham skipper might have held after speaking about his importance to the team.
Pellegrini told West Ham’s official club website: “He [Noble] is so, so important. He has so many years here, he is the captain. I know him from the three years I worked here. He is a very good player, a very good leader also.”
With both Obiang and Kouyate’s futures uncertain, Pellegrini may very well look to bring in another central midfielder ahead of the start of the new Premier League season.
But Noble still has much to offer.
Alongside his leadership qualities, Noble can provide his side with energy and do the ugly parts of the game, giving the Hammers’ more flair players such as new signings Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko the appropriate conditions to thrive in.
And even at 31, a coach like Pellegrini, may be able to help the West Ham captain improve certain areas of his game.
Should Obiang and Kouyate both leave east London this summer, some West Ham supporters are likely to be left disappointed. But Noble — who is still a very useful asset to have — staying, will please everyone at the club.