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Noble delighted with Lucas Pere and Michail Antonio

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West Ham captain Noble is completely impressed with the club’s No1’s performances and professionalism so far.

The Poland international shot-stopper Fabianski has been featuring in games just as a number of players were given on boarding opportunities to show off against Cardiff. Spanish striker Lucas Perez and fellow goalscorer Michail Antonio as well and Noble was happy to see both men take their shine in West Ham’s win.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Noble said:

“The manager’s philosophy is that, ‘Yes I can change the team and we’re still going to win’. That kind of management does so much for the players. Yes, if you’re not in the team, you’re going to be upset but if you know the manager has faith in you when the chance comes, that’s so important.”

“Lucas Perez is an example. He hasn’t had much game time but I can tell you, he is one of the best finishers I’ve ever seen – and I don’t say that lightly. He got two chances against Cardiff after he came on for Marko Arnautovic – and scored both. He’s just clinical.”

“I knew, when he came on that, if he got a chance he would score. In training, in five-a-sides and especially up close, he’s lethal. His left foot is dangerous.”

“It means such a lot that, when match-changing players get injured, like Marko on Tuesday night, as well as Andriy Yarmolenko and Manuel Lanzini, we are able to keep going.”

“Everyone knows where they stand and if someone isn’t fit, the manager trusts the players he brings in.”

“Michail also slotted in at right-back and we know he doesn’t particularly like it there but it’s a team game and we all have to do what the manager asks of us.”

“He’s had a tough couple of seasons with injuries but he’s looking sharper all the time. He’s a player who, because of his pace and power, will be frequently used in different positions. I don’t know if he wants that or not but sometimes that’s what you have to do”.

“Michail was great the other night. It was his first game at right-back for a long time and he scored a header!”