The Big Interview - Mark Noble

The captain discusses new signings, the Hammers' away form and enjoying his new role leading the side

Following a frantic Transfer Deadline Day which saw the Hammers sign four players, captain Mark Noble welcomed the new recuits. 

Nobes has been in superb form so far this term, scoring his second goal of the season at Liverpool on Saturday, to add to the penalty he netted at home to AFC Bournemouth the previous weekend.

The midfielder was invited on to talkSPORT's Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Wedneaday, where he answered a range of questions on the Hammers' summer transfer business, their outstanding away form, his new license to roam forward and his hopes to mark his time at the Club...

So far, it's been a great season in terms of away form. Those wins at Arsenal and Liverpool were unbelievable!

MN: "After the Arsenal win everyone got double excited and the fans were saying West Ham are going to win the league. But that’s not the case, football isn’t like that and we put ourselves under a lot of pressure.

"At Arsenal I think we played as well as we could’ve and then again at Liverpool, after two home defeats, it was very pleasing. The results we’ve had is why everyone loves this league."

There are a few new faces coming in. Slaven Bilic is clearly not afraid to change it up a little bit and keep everyone on their toes?

MN: "Yes, and I think we needed the signings. If you look at our bench we had four kids at Anfield who don’t have much Premier League experience. As you know, if you get a few injuries then the squad starts to look a little bit thin.

"In all fairness to the Joint-Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold and Vice-Chairman Karren Brady, they’ve brought in some quality players. You can see from everyone’s reaction how happy everyone is."

You scored a great goal at Liverpool, so has Slaven pushed you forward a little bit?

MN: "To be honest, I’ve been given a little bit more freedom. I’ve played a lot in front of the back four [in previous seasons] but the new manager has changed it a little bit and told me to get forward more. I’ve been encouraged to try and create more opportunities as well as score, which I’m really enjoying."

One of the new signings, Alex Song, is a familiar face, so are you happy to see him back?

MN: "Of course, Alex is a great player and we’re delighted he’s back. I’m sure he’ll fit in just as well as he did last year, he’s knows most of the boys and the set up here. His addition will definitely bolster the squad we’ve already got."

West Ham are moving to their New Stadium next summer. Should the first game there be your testimonial? That’s what Arsenal did for Dennis Bergkamp!

MN: "You’d have to speak to the Chairmen about that one! It would certainly be a special thing and I would love to do something like that. West Ham is a very special club for me, everyone knows that. It’s a club that is moving forward with the new Stadium and with the calibre of players that we’re signing. We’re really pushing onto the next level."

We are only four games into the league season and Manchester City have started strongly, as have Crystal Palace. Who has impressed you the most so far?

MN: "We played Bournemouth the other day and I thought they were very good. They were very energetic and tough to play against. That’s the great thing about this league, anything can happen really.

"There’s been some mad scorelines already and I think they’re becoming more common than even a few years ago. Manchester City have won every game so far, they’re looking very strong and they’re also our next away game, so that’s a game to look forward too."

What do you think is behind so few home wins across the Barclays Premier League so far this season?

MN: "I think there are a few reasons. There’s a lot more pressure and expectation on the home side and especially if you go a goal down it can become very different. Away from home, there’s less pressure so you have more freedom to play."

*Mark Noble was speaking to talkSPORT