West Ham’s difficult start to the season continued on Saturday against Leicester City, as the Hammers secured a 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side have now gone three matches without a victory in the league, which has left the club languishing in 13th spot and just three points above the relegation zone.
The performance of Mark Noble in the game caused concern as the Hammers midfielder was dismissed in the first half for a poor challenge where he lunged in with his studs showing, giving the referee no choice.
31-year-old Noble has been a mainstay in Pellegrini’s side this season, missing just two matches so far, but will now be set for a stay on the sidelines after his sending off and some supporters questioned whether he should get back into the side on his return.
Plenty were critical of the experienced midfielder and some called for West Ham to end their faith in their academy graduate, dubbing him a liability and one of the worst in the Premier League.
We have gathered some of the best reactions below.
He’s not a bad player but he deserves a lot of stick for that, especially as captain. I’m Sure Mark is as disappointed as the rest of us though.
— Jay (@jshopson) October 28, 2018
The tackle come from an awful touch and zero pace. How does he deserve a starting position?
— Rob Bragg (@RobBragg1) October 28, 2018
— 父 Mark Poole 父 (@MarkPoole_) October 27, 2018
⚒ sorry but noble needs a slap, stupid high tackle in the middle of the pitch, just what we didn’t need ⚒????
— ????♂️SPEEDWAYHAMMER⚒ (@westhamutd1955) October 27, 2018
Very disappointing noble should know better given the lads a very hard 2nd half to deal with Leicester will come out the blocks flying hopefully snodgoat can smash one in the top bins or snap vardy when he comes on #coyfi #LEIWHU
— Bradley | BTN ????????⚒ (@snodGOAT11) October 27, 2018
Mark Noble is the worst footballer in the premier league. pic.twitter.com/NJ1uBtaZiP
— Ziggy (@Whangareii) October 27, 2018
He’s becoming a liability’s mate – doesn’t do enough for me to start every game – he has 1 good game in about 10 !
— arniewilshere (@arniewilshere) October 27, 2018