Monday, 11 May 2009
Noble For England
How good was Mark Noble on Saturday? In a generally shabby performance, Noble and Collison stood out as two genuine diamonds amongst so much paste. Despite being up against a very good Liverpool midfield, both held their own in a highly commendable fashion.
Noble's form has been patchy for much of the season and some have questioned his right to be in the team. We forget, however, that he is still only 21, a slightly bigger babe in a team of babies in recent weeks. Fans have rightfully been excited about Tomkins, Stanislas and Collison, but it was Noble who carried the battle to Liverpool and, until the arrival of Collison, did so almost single-handedly. And remember, in the last home game against Chelsea he had missed a penalty, something which might have caused some players to hide. Not Noble!
He does have some limitations. The pace isn't there, as shown when he declined to burst down the right hand side of the Liverpool box, but he has so many qualities as a midfield player and is older than his years. Fabio cannot have failed to be impressed: Noble isn't ready for England yet but he has surely been marked down as one for the future.
Can he play alongside Parker though? That is the big question. If not, and his better performances have been when Parker is not in the side, then I know who I would sell. Noble is young and fit and has Claret and Blue blood; Parker is good but not brilliant. Should City bid £12million in the summer it would be a no brainer for me.
Posted by Hammersfan at 07:23