David Moyes addressed the media yesterday after West Ham United’s 1-0 win against Sheffield United and offered high words of praise for Declan Rice. The Scot did share one big concern he has about the youngster, however, as quoted by Football.London.
The 21-year-old has been in superb this season.
In fact, he has been the Hammers’ best and most consistent player over the past two years or so.
Rice is absolutely vital to the way in which West Ham play. And the England international leaving the London Stadium at some point in the future doesn’t bear thinking about. Let’s just hope that it never happens.
The West Ham ace is only 21. His performances for someone so young really have been quite incredible. And it’s easy to forget just how inexperienced he still is.
Moyes drew attention to that fact when speaking to reporters yesterday, as quoted by Football.London:
“A lot of the talk, rightly so, went to Grealish, Mount and Foden after the England game but I thought a lot more praise should have gone to Declan Rice for his performance. How he’s improved because he is a very similar age, sometimes you forget that. The role, his responsibility he takes on the pitch because of his young age, his leadership qualities will build. I think he is doing a great job and we hope that he will be an outstanding captain. My big concern is that he is so young that we rely on him too much.”
Moyes is spot on. We probably do rely on Rice more than we should do.
Great players thrive on that kind of pressure and responsibility, however.
Rice seems to have the mentality to flourish in a role where he is expected to be the leader on the pitch. In the absence of Mark Noble we certainly need someone like that.
The West Ham youngster can achieve anything he wants in the game. Let’s just hope that the Hammers owners are prepared to match the young star’s ambition by backing David Moyes in the transfer market.