Aaron Cresswell absolutely raved about his West Ham teammate Declan Rice after the 23-year-old saved our skins against Kidderminster.
The 23-year-old Hammers midfielder is widely regarded as the best defensive midfielder in the Premier League.
There is actually a case to be made for him being the best all-round central midfielder in world football.
Rice’s game has evolved this season. The 27-capped England international has changed his game with help from David Moyes, Kevin Nolan and Paul Nevin.
Dec is now an all-action box-to-box midfielder in the mould of Bryan Robson. The 23-year-old is a hugely influential figure for the Hammers and is undoubtedly the best and most important player Moyes has at his disposal at the London Stadium.
Aaron Cresswell raves about Declan Rice
The 32-year-old West Ham left-back is well-known to be very close mates with Dec.
He clearly is a huge fan of his footballing ability as well.
Cresswell sat down for an interview with the club’s official website and responded when asked about the way in which Rice changed the game in our FA Cup fourth round clash with Kidderminster on Saturday:
“That’s why he’s ranked so highly and he’s a top, top player. We brought him on and it changed the game in our favour and to kick on in extra-time.”
Cresswell is spot on. Rice really is a top, top player. and we are very lucky to have him at the London Stadium.
The challenge for West Ham, Moyes and the club’s owners now will be to keep the 23-year-old in East London.
Rice has the ability to reach the very top of the game and he could play for any club in world football. In order to keep him at the club, the owners need to prove to him that we can match his ambition by backing Moyes to the hilt in the transfer market.
That obviously didn’t happen in January. Hopefully that changes in the summer. Because life without Declan at West Ham doesn’t bear thinking about.