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Manuel Pellegrini has been given an excuse to drop Mark Noble

Manuel Pellegrini has been given an excuse to drop Mark Noble

It’s been a tough start to West Ham’s Premier League campaign as the club have lost their first two games this season.

A loss to Liverpool is completely understandable but a loss to Bournemouth is exactly the kind of result the owners were hoping to avoid following their massive summer spend.

The Hammers had a fairly disappointing year last season, and it was hoped that with almost £100 million spent over the summer and with the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini, that the east London club will finish in the top half of the table come the end of this season.

We’re still early in the season but according to football.london, West Ham club-captain, Mark Noble is struggling to be fit for their game against Arsenal this weekend.

Following his performances against Bournemouth and Liverpool, this may be a blessing in disguise for Manuel Pellegrini.

The Breakdown

Against Liverpool, Noble struggled to keep up with the quick pace of the game and was constantly exposed, especially by Naby Keita.

At 32, Noble is now in the backend of his career and certainly looks like his time in the starting XI is very much under threat.

A fan favourite and club captain, taking Noble out of the team may well prove to be difficult in the near future but with the Englishman apparently not completely fit, Pellegrini has been given the ideal opportunity to remove him from the starting XI.

With Carlos Sanchez, Declan Rice and Pedro Obiang waiting in the wings, all of whom are more mobile, now’s the time for Noble to be dropped.

What do you think West Ham fans?

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