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Paul Merson thinks £62k-a-week West Ham ace was 'different class' against Leeds

Paul Merson absolutely raved about Declan Rice after his performance for West Ham United against Leeds yesterday.

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The 22-year-old Hammers ace was absolutely brilliant.

Rice did not stop driving his team on even during our poor first-half performance against Leeds.

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The England international, who earns £62k-a-week according to Salary Sport, is the most important player David Moyes has at his disposal at the London Stadium.

He just keeps getting better and better doesn’t he!

Paul Merson blown away by Rice display for West Ham vs Leeds

The Hammers star played a key role in Michail Antonio’s match winner in the dying minutes at Elland Road yesterday.

Merson was hugely impressed by Rice and raved about the Hammers skipper, when speaking to Soccer Saturday (25/09/21 3 pm start):

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“They break down the right, with Declan Rice, who is a proper player. He plays a brilliant ball in the middle of the park to Antonio – then he has the composure to smash it into the far corner. “

When asked who was better Rice or Phillips, Merson said:

“I would say Rice. I felt Rice started very well in the first half. I thought he was different class. He burst through and had a shot that he should have done a lot better with. He was the better player out of the both of them. Then, in the end, he picked out that final pass. I thought Phillips was quiet today. I think he’s more involved in the game than that usually.”

Dec is so important to everything good that comes from our performances.

His display yesterday summed up what he is about. Without him, we are quite simply not the same team.

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And keeping Dec at the London Stadium next summer will be the most important transfer business that David Moyes can do.

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