Robert Snodgrass named Declan Rice as the best player at West Ham, during an exclusive interview with Sky Sports News today.
The 21-year-old Hammers ace has arguably been the club’s best and most consistent player over the past two seasons.
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He is incredibly important to West Ham.
Rice has been linked with a move away from the London Stadium recently, however.
Sky Sports claimed that Chelsea are plotting a move to sign the seven-capped England international in the summer.
The Daily Star claimed earlier this year that West Ham could be willing to sell the 21-year-old. But for nothing less than £80 million.
In 90 Premier League appearances for West Ham, the seven-capped England international has racked up 221 tackles, 140 interceptions, 165 clearances and 610 ball recoveries (premierleague.com).
He has won 57% of his individual duals and 54% of his aerial battles (premierleague.com).
And Snodgrass suggested that Rice is the best player currently at West Ham, when speaking exclusively to Sky Sports News today:
“I need to give a special mention to Declan Rice, I think he’s going to go to the top. He’s a great kid and an exceptional talent. For me, he needs to get more goals. When you go into them top six teams, that’s what you need to add to your game.”
West Ham’s hopes of keeping Rice will hinge heavily on their ability to avoid relegation this season.
And even then, they will surely have to show real ambition in the transfer market in order to prove to the 21-year-old that he can fulfil his outstanding potential at the London Stadium.
Losing Rice would be a bitter pill to swallow for Hammers fans.
Let’s hope the England international stays in east London for the foreseeable future. He has all the makings of a future club legend.
And now the onus is on West Ham to match the youngster’s ambition.