Charlie Nicholas suggested that people are getting too excited about West Ham ace Declan Rice, when writing his regular column for Sky Sports.

The 20-year-old burst onto the scene with the Hammers last season, and he is absolutely adored by the club’s fans.

Rice is undoubtedly one of the Premier League’s best deep-lying midfielders, and he has already earned five international caps for England.

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Declan Rice (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

The Chelsea academy graduate is a really calming influence in the middle of the park for West Ham. And he has come on leaps and bounds over the past 12 months.

The Hammers starlet did receive criticism from some sections of the media for his performances for England over the past 10 days, however.

 

And it seems as though Charlie Nicholas has jumped on that bandwagon.

The Sky Sports pundit highlighted how Rice is a long way from the finished article:

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Declan Rice (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

“People are far too excited about Declan Rice, with lots of mistakes and clumsiness there.”

Of course, Rice is not yet the finished article. He does seem to have all of the ingredients needed to become a true star in the game, however.

And West Ham fans know they have a truly special player on their hands. Despite what a selection of pundits have said over the past week or so.

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