West Ham United skipper Mark Noble has admitted he and the players are exciting by the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini, with the promise of attacking football an encouraging prospect.
The Chilean trainer has taken over from David Moyes at the end of the 2017-18 season and brings an impressive footballing CV with him to the Hammers.
One of Pellegrini’s first major comments was to clarify his intent to play attacking football, which will resonate with the West Ham fans.
However, Noble has also stated that he and the players are looking forward to an expansive approach and taking the game to the Hammers’ opponents.
“As players, it’s always more enjoyable when you have the ball than when you are chasing the other team around, so I was pleased when I heard him say he wants to excite the fans and play attacking football,” the West Ham skipper told the club’s official website.
“West Ham fans love it when we take it to the opposition, particularly the big boys, and it sounds like we’re going to give it a right go.
“I’m already looking forward to getting back to Rush Green and starting work under him.”
While there will surely be a lot of player changes over the summer, West Ham certainly already have the core group of players to play attacking football.
The likes of Marko Arnautovic, Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini have all shown that given space and time they can be devastating assets – something that Pellegrini will look to tap into.
However, if West Ham are to excite the fans and improve on a frustrating 2017-18 season, new faces are a pre-requisite at the club.