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David Moyes blown away by important West Ham ace's display against Rapid Vienna

David Moyes absolutely raved about ‘important’ West Ham ace Declan Rice after his performance against Rapid Vienna in the Europa League last night.

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The 22-year-old Hammers ace was quite simply brilliant against the Austrians last night.

Rice has been irrepressible for West Ham this season, as he has for England as well.

The defensive midfielder has shown that he has another string to his bow this season with some lung busting runs forward before arriving late into the opposition’s penalty area.


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Dec has two goals and two assists to his name in eight games so far this season. He really is becoming a truly elite player.

David Moyes blown away by ‘important’ West Ham ace’s display

Rice was at it from the very first whistle against Rapid Vienna.

The 22-year-old spread the ball around the park beautifully and broke the deadlock for the Hammers after some sublime build-up play.

Moyes spoke to reporters last night and did not hold back in his praise for Rice, as quoted by Football.London:

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“We’ve got to be careful because he does such a good job in front of the back four for England and West Ham, he got a goal for England as well a few weeks ago. So he’s beginning to show that a little bit more, he can do that. I think he’s more than capable of doing it. He’s got a great shot on him as well which we would like him to introduce to his game if we can get him in the right positions more often. But overall, as I said yesterday he is a really good developing young midfield player. Declan is so important to us.”

It will be interesting to see just how many goals and assists Rice manages to rack up this season.

His new role for West Ham is an interesting one. Fair play to Tomas Soucek for being selfless enough to sit in and allow Rice to bomb forward.

On a side note, the Czech is clearly struggling in his new role…it’s just not his game. He’s very good at scoring 10 goals plus per season purely because of his ability to arrive on the end of crosses and passes into the box at the perfect time.

It is what it is though. If Rice’s new role helps the team then we’re all for it.

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And it certainly seems like that is the case at the moment.

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