West Ham boss David Moyes absolutely raved about Declan Rice when speaking during his press conference today, as quoted by Football.London.
Rice, 21, is absolutely adored by the Hammers fans. But for some reason, he is not appreciated as much as he should be by fans of other clubs.
The England international has been West Ham’s best and most consistent player over the past two seasons.
He is absolutely vital to the way in which the Hammers play. And we would be lost without him.
In 107 Premier League games for the Hammers, Rice has racked up 264 tackles, 15 blocks, 176 interceptions, 184 clearances and 729 ball recoveries. He has averaged just under 40 passes per match during those outings and has completed 289 accurate long passes. (premierleague.com).
The 21-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea since the summer (The Telegraph).
Let’s just hope that the West Ham owners stand firm and resist all future approaches for the English ace.
David Moyes clearly wants to keep Rice at the London Stadium. The Scot raved about the 21-year-old when speaking to reporters today, as quoted by Football.London:
“The big thing is that he is improving. He is learning an awful lot. His performance for England the other night was exceptional. His performance was so good. He is picking up from good people like Mark Noble, Harry Kane, I think for Declan it is continuing to learn and seeing what good practice looks like. We are trying to get him to take more responsibility.”
Moyes then responded when asked why Rice is under-appreciated by fans of other clubs:
“I couldn’t tell you but I can only tell you the manager of West Ham thinks he is terrific.”
Rice is well on his way to becoming a truly elite player. And if the 21-year-old continues to improve, he will undoubtedly evolve into one of the world’s best midfielders in the not too distant future.