Paul Merson offered high words of praise for West Ham ace Declan Rice, when speaking on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday yesterday (October 17th, 13:50).

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The 21-year-old has been the Hammers’ best and most consistent player over the past two years or so.

Rice has now established himself as a fully fledged England international, with 10 caps already under his belt for the Three Lions.

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Declan Rice (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

West Ham boss David Moyes will be delighted to have kept the defensive midfielder at the London Stadium with the summer transfer window now closed.

Rumours linking him with a move to Chelsea will undoubtedly resurface in January, however.

And Merson told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday yesterday (October 17th, 13:50) that he has high hopes for the Hammers youngster:

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“He’s a very disciplined holding midfield player and he’s very good. I think for his age, he’s very very disciplined, he doesn’t go chasing around like a headless chicken. I think he can end up playing as the one in the middle of a three for England at the back.”


Now, Rice can obviously play in central defence. But let’s be honest here. He is so much better when playing in the middle of the park.

The 21-year-old moved into defence for our Carabao Cup clash with Everton recently. And he didn’t have his best game, that’s for sure.

Rice’s energy, mobility and aggression in the tackle makes him perfectly suited to playing the central midfield role. He really is an all-action star.

And in our opinion, midfield is the position where the 21-year-old West Ham man’s future lies.

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