West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice has a lot of similarities to Frank Lampard according to Tony Carr.
The one time youth director at West Ham, Carr has overseen plenty of brilliant young talents coming through the ranks in East London.
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He was replaced as West Ham’s academy director by Terry Westley in 2014.
Carr is widely recognised as one of the most influential figures in English football having brought through the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick, Jermain Defoe, Glen Johnson and Lampard.
Because of Carr’s expertise at spotting talent, when he talks, the Hammers fans listen. And his latest comments on Declan Rice and Frank Lampard are very interesting indeed.
Tony Carr compares Declan Rice to Frank Lampard
The 71-year-old sat down for an exclusive interview with The Sun and spoke about the 23-year-old West Ham star’s recent rise to prominence.
Rice has firmly established himself as one of the very best central midfielders in world football over the past couple of years.
And Carr responded when asked whether Dec still has another level to reach:
“There are many similarities between Frank and Dec. Passing, vision, passion, dedication and fitness, and humility – they both have it in abundance. The only thing missing for Declan is Frank would score 20 goals a season. But to be a true all-round midfielder, Dec has to chip in with at least eight to ten [goals] every campaign. He has some way to go, but is heading in the same direction as Frank. It’s a target to emulate Frank’s achievements and become a legend in his own right.”
If Rice does add 8-10 goals a season to his already impressive repertoire then he really will be some player.
The 23-year-old is already an unbelievable midfielder but there is clearly another string that could be added to his bow.
Frank Lampard scored an incredible 266 goals in 891 career appearances (Transfermarkt).
As far as all-round midfielders go though, it must be said that Rice is actually a better player than Lampard.
And when he starts scoring more regularly, Dec may well be out on his own as the world’s best central midfield player.