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Cottee: Nolan experience crucial for West Ham

West Ham United legend Tony Cottee is delighted with the progress of James Tomkins and Mark Noble.

Cottee is pleased at first-team regulars Tomkins and Noble, "arguably, West Ham's two best ­players last season".

However, he also told the Sunday Mirror: "It will be a big season for Kevin Nolan - his ­experience will be vital. But the man I am looking to make an impact is Carlton Cole. He does have the lot, but he is also a confidence ­player and needs to be told how good he is.

"Above all, we need a good start, to be mid-table by ­November-December because, in quick succession, we play Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and ­Manchester United.

"Unless we have a few points by then, it could be a long winter."

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