West Ham ace Declan Rice spoke exclusively to the club’s official website and shared the moment when he underwent a huge learning curve during David Moyes’s reign as Hammers boss.

The 20-year-old has come on leaps and bounds over the past 15 months. He has now firmly established himself as one of the best holding midfielders in the Premier League.

Things weren’t always plain sailing for the West Ham starlet, however. Rice received criticism from some sections of fans and the media for his early displays for the Hammers.

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Declan Rice (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

And one performance in particular led to him receiving the wrath of then manager David Moyes.

Rice told WHUFC.com how a match against Arsenal in April 2018 ended up shaping him as the player he has become today:

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Declan Rice (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

“You know what, he was right to hammer me, because I remember the game. It was one-all and I ducked for the ball and it’s gone in the back of the net. It was one of my early league starts and he absolutely grilled me in front of the lads. Looking back on it now, you need those moments, maybe a shake-up and knowing you have to get better. I knew there was so much to improve on. Moysey grilled me, but it was the right thing to do because I needed to be told.”

 

If Rice continues to work hard and improve, there is no doubt that he will become an elite player.

David Moyes received plenty of criticism from West Ham fans during his time in charge at the London Stadium.

Perhaps the Scot deserves credit for the manner in which he handled Rice, however. If he planted the seed in the 20-year-old’s head after his mistake against Arsenal, Hammers fans should be grateful for the Scot’s tenure.

 

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