Michail Antonio has absolutely raved about the outstanding quality of his West Ham United teammate Declan Rice.
The 23-year-old has made huge strides over the past few years and is now the most important player at West Ham, as well as being one of the first names on Gareth Southgate’s England team-sheet.
Rice has transformed into more of a marauding, ball carrying box-to-box midfielder over the past 12 months.
Dec possesses elite technical ability and the next stage of his development will be to add regular goals and assists to his game.
Even if he doesn’t end up doing that though, he’s still vitally important to the Hammers and David Moyes absolutely must keep him at the London Stadium, if the Scot has any chance of guiding us to success over the next few years.
Michail Antonio raves about West Ham teammate Declan Rice
The 32-year-old Hammers attacker has forged a very close bond with the 23-year-old over the past few years.
The two players often link up on the pitch.
Micky is clearly a huge fan of Rice.
And why wouldn’t he be? Dec embodies everything that a modern day Premier League footballer should be.
Michail Antonio spoke very highly indeed about his West Ham teammate, when speaking on the Footballer’s Football Podcast:
“Declan Rice. His feet are like Ronaldinho mate! He flip-flaps, the tricks that he has in training are insane. Then you can see it in the games where he has little flicks and tip-tappy things, how he drives with the ball from midfield. When he first came in to train with the first-team, he was a centre half, and he’d still do that stuff just for banter on the training ground, he never did it in actual training but he did certain things where you’d look at him and be like ‘bloody hell, did you see what he’s just done’.”
We have started to see Rice’s flamboyance in possession shine through more of late.
It must be noted, however, that the 23-year-old is at his best when he’s breaking up play and providing a layer of cover for the back four.
It seemed as though that was kind of forgotten last season as David Moyes gave Rice the license to roam further up the pitch – much to the detriment of Tomas Soucek’s form.
It will be interesting to see how Moyes utilises Rice this season.
The Michail Antonio comments on the West Ham star prove just how good the 23-year-old is. Whether he is given the chance to demonstrate those skills further up the pitch again this season remains to be seen though.