West Ham boss David Moyes suggested that Declan Rice can still improve his passing and urged him to look at Chelsea midfielder Jorginho for inspiration.
The Hammers and Chelsea stars are widely considered to be two of the very best deep-lying midfielders on the planet.
They are completely different players, however.
Chelsea’s Italy international sits deep and dictates the tempo of the game.
Meanwhile, Declan Rice is much more dynamic, energetic, athletic and powerful.
In my opinion, there is no debate. The 22-year-old West Ham star is light years ahead of Chelsea ace Jorginho.
I’m obviously not in the majority though. There are plenty of people who rate the 30-year-old very highly indeed. And it appears as though David Moyes is one of them.
Declan Rice urged to emulate Jorginho
At 22, Rice can obviously become an even better player as the years go by.
And Moyes told the Daily Mail how the 22-year-old West Ham should strive to reach Jorginho’s levels, as far as the Chelsea ace’s range of passing is concerned:
“There’s not many better. I think if you break Declan down, you might say: ‘Well OK, I want you to become even better in your passing’. So you can look at Frenkie De Jong or you can look at Jorginho. You could look at people who are really, really tidy football players.”
The Italian joined Chelsea from Napoli in the summer of 2018 for around £50 million (Daily Mail). He has proven to be a real hit at Stamford Bridge.
The 30-year-old does a very good job for Chelsea.
Honestly though, I genuinely don’t think he is on Rice’s level. It’s no coincidence that Chelsea want to sign the West Ham man (The Express) is it?
The 22-year-old is an exceptional player – a generational talent if you will. He is head and shoulders above everyone else in the Premier League in his particular position.
And I think Moyes has done him somewhat of an injustice by suggesting that his passing isn’t as good as it could be. Dec regularly breaks the lines with his incisive passing and he has come on leaps and bounds over the past couple of years.
That’s Moyes’s style though. He never praises his players too much. The Scot has always played down the quality of his players in order to get more out of them. And give him his due, it has worked.
Here’s to Rice getting even better in 2022!