West Ham captain Mark Noble missed his club’s 2-0 win against Huddersfield on Monday due to injury but he was reportedly not even in contention to play even if he had been fit.
Noble was largely disappointing throughout last season and he has been unable to rediscover his form during the early parts of this term.
Some observers have suggested that the 30-year-old may have passed his peak and is nearing the end of his time with the East London club.
Former Hammers player Leroy Rosenior even suggested that the player should be removed from the starting line up.
This came following the club’s opening three successive defeats in the Premier League against Manchester United, Southampton and Newcastle.
Noble is a youth product of the Hammers and has gone on to make more than 300 appearances for the club. He is likely nearing the end of his time with the club and unless he undergoes a serious rise in form, he could become surplus to requirements in the near future.