West Ham midfielder Mark Noble believes his side will be playing Premier League football next season after acclimatising to Sam Allardyce’s style.
The 24-year-old is the club’s longest-serving current player after a painfully unstable period for Hammers fans that culminated in them being relegated from the top-flight last season.
But the Irons are now second in the Championship, unbeaten in five league games, with automatic promotion back to the Premier League set firmly in their sights after a period of transition.
“To be honest the first few games were strange as I was used to playing the ‘West Ham way’ with way lots of passing,” Noble said.
“But the gaffer loves his stats about where goals are scored on the pitch and I’ve just got used to it and have played probably my best stuff in the last five weeks and if I carry on I don’t think the manager will have much to say.
“So much stuff has happened with chairman and managers and sponsors but it looks like we finally have some stability now with the two Davids and the manager.
“Slowly but surely we’re going in the right way and we are after promotion, it does not matter how we do it as long as we get back there.”
Noble’s form in the claret and blue of his boyhood club has also reignited speculation he could pledge his allegiance to the Republic of Ireland after hitherto failing to earn his first full England cap
“I think I am eligible as my grandparents are Irish,” he said. “I’ve been asked before and held out. I still have hopes of playing for England and getting back into the Premier League and I still believe I can do that. We will see, you never know what the future holds.”