Interesting. Whilst highlighting the versatility of his present squad - and going forward there is certainly an exciting range of options - Allardyce identified Noble and Vaz Te in particular as players who can perform different roles for the team.
When he arrived, Allardyce surprised us all by moving Parker forward - a role he floundered in - and pegging Noble back as the team's anchor. As the season unfolded, Noble increasingly became the hub of the team, pulling the strings, linking the play, picking the passes, closing down opponents, covering every blade of grass and orchestrating our play. When Noble played badly, the team played badly, and Noble's critics blamed him; when Noble played well, the team played well, and Noble's critics claimed it was in spite of a genuine midfield general.
Well Allardyce seems to disagree with those who seek to dismiss Noble as a go slow liability. Vaz Te offers the spark of unpredictability up front whilst Noble can sit and hold, or move forward and dictate the play from a more advanced position. He has the best passing range by far in the team and has grown, in my view, into a player of genuine quality.
Who needs Scotty when the man kept in Parker's shadow is actually a far more rounded player? Expect an England call up before the end of the season!