One to watch #75: Ryan Noble
Feature by Dan Buxton
Updated Friday, 21st January 2011
Sunderland striker profiled here
Name: Ryan Noble Date of Birth: 11/6/91 Position: Striker Club: Sunderland Previous clubs: Watford, Derby County International caps: England U-19 6 (1) Noble came through the youth academy at Sunderland, making one first team appearance in an FA Cup tie last January after being an academy stand-out. Noble joined Watford on loan in March 2010 on a loan until the end of the season. Sunderland saw the deal as a great opportunity for the youngster to gain first team experience. Noble failed to make a first team appearance for the club however, despite being an unused substitute several times. Noble returned to Sunderland at the start of the 2010/2011 season and was expected to break into the first team after featuring in the clubs pre-season. Noble was not assigned a first team squad number at the start of the season which came as a surprise to many, who now expected the striker to leave the club on loan. Derby County took Nelson on an emergency loan, where he made his first appearance as a substitute but unfortunately suffered a back injury which ended his spell at the club in October 2010. Noble has impressed enough for Sunderland’s reserves to earn 6 caps for England at U-19 level, scoring his first goal against Bosnia.