Noble: I can be West Ham's Gerrard
PUBLISHED: 18:18 13 May 2009 | UPDATED: 14:21 05 October 2010
Mark Noble has outlined his ambition to become West Ham's answer to Steven Gerrard and help the Hammers challenge for trophies
By JONATHAN CLEGG
Mark Noble has outlined his ambition to become West Ham's answer to Steven Gerrard and help the Hammers challenge for trophies.
England ace Gerrard was the inspiration behind Liverpool's 3-0 win at the Boleyn Ground last weekend as his first-half double kept the Reds in the Premier League title hunt.
The Liverpool skipper's dominant display earned praise from opposite number Noble, who hailed Gerrard as the top midfielder in world football.
And the 22-year-old hopes to emulate the Kop idol by becoming a homegrown club legend and developing into an England star.
He said: "Steven Gerrard is the best in my eyes, even given the praise he does get, I still don't think he gets enough.
"As well as the fantastic brain he's got, he's strong, he's quick and powerful. He's got everything and if I can be nearly as good as him then I'll be pleased.
"Everyone wants to be that good. He's one of the best in Europe and with the goals he scores, he's just the best.
"That's the thing I'd like to add to my game. I'm okay at everything else, tackling and passing, but I'd like to score a few more goals and hopefully I can do that next season."
West Ham's heavy defeat has dented the club's European hopes after they slipped behind Spurs and Fulham in the race for a Europa League berth.
But Noble remains optimistic that the Hammers can win their two remaining matches this season and crown a season of progress under new boss Gianfranco Zola by claiming seventh place.
West Ham travel to Everton this weekend before a home match against relegation candidates Middlesbrough on the final day of the campaign and Noble reckons a return of six points will clinch European qualification.
"It's still possible, but with two games left we certainly need the six points," Noble said.
"Obviously Fulham are doing fantastic at the moment and they've been consistent. I think that's paid off for them and they picked up a big win against Aston Villa [last weekend].
"We've got Everton and Middlesbrough now and we're looking to win both of those games. If we can do that then we'll be there or thereabouts.
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