Sunday 19 November 2017

Allardyce delighted with Noble deal

Mark Noble has penned a new deal at West Ham
Mark Noble has penned a new deal at West Ham

Sam Allardyce hailed Mark Noble as one of a dying breed of one-club men after the West Ham midfielder penned a new, long-term contract.

The 27-year-old has been at the club since the age of 13 and has now signed a deal that will keep him there until 2020 - by which time the Hammers will be fully rooted at their new home at the Olympic Stadium.

And boss Allardyce believes the former England Under-21 international has a special bond with supporters having held such a long affinity for the club.

"Mark Noble is one of their own, there's no doubt about that," he said of his vice-captain.

"He is West Ham born and bred. Somebody who commits to one club like he's done is pretty rare these days. I think it's good news for everybody.

"We've got James Tomkins as well, another West Ham boy. They've both come through the academy which is what we're all striving for these days.

"It's something that is becoming harder and harder to achieve. As academy boys it's great to see them still here and doing well."

Allardyce, 60, feels the need for a player to have an instant impact on the first-team is a reason many clubs have decided to bring in ready-made talent rather than nurture their own through the ranks.

"I think we live in a world of less patience, especially football," he added.

"It's almost a week by week, month by month mentality. Long-term policies don't seem to be so attractive any more due to the need of instant success.

"On the basis of that, it's harder to feed a youngster into the first team. You only have to look at when I played the youngsters in the FA Cup (last season, a 5-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest) and got slaughtered for it.

"I think the system is broken. At the moment we have to get them in the first team on loan somewhere else, before we bring them into our first-team."

Noble, who was a reported January target for QPR, was pleased to tie himself down to the club for the foreseeable future and insists he will strive to give his all for the Hammers.

''I'm obviously over the moon because it takes me until I'm 33,'' Noble said on the club's official website.

''I'm very happy with the contract and very grateful to the chairmen for giving me it and I'm looking forward to the next five years.

''I love playing football and I love playing for the club so to be rewarded with a new five-and-a-half-year contract is fantastic.

''In football you don't get any younger, but I keep myself fit and this is great for me and my family, because it gives us security for the rest of our lives.

''It's not about the money, though. I always give 100 per cent in every game I play, even if it's not enough. As a West Ham fan, I know we'll lose games like everyone does, but I'm settled, I'm happy and that's when I play my best football.''

Noble is likely to line-up for West Ham when they welcome London rivals Crystal Palace to Upton Park on Saturday lunchtime, with Allardyce expecting a tough game courtesy of the Eagles' pacey, attacking talent.

"I think they will come and maybe play with probably counter-attacking players," he said.

"I think in wide areas they've got some exciting, talented players. Jason Puncheon, Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie are all very quick and dangerous - Yaya Sanogo and Dwight Gayle too.

"But our home form is good and our performances of late have been exceptional, even though we sit with three points rather than seven. So we'll be looking to turn another good performance into a result this Saturday."

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