West Ham United star Declan Rice made the biggest decision of his career this week and his next could be ominous for Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier.
Rice has been brilliant for West Ham since breaking into the side last season.
The 19-year-old central midfielder has already amassed 50 Premier League appearances for the Hammers.
His performances attracted reported interest from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City.
New deal for imperious Rice
But West Ham tied Rice down to a new deal until 2024 on Christmas day.
While Rice has been emerging, first as a centre back and now as a central midfielder, Eric Dier – a player who followed a similar path with Tottenham – has been part of strong sides for club and country.
Dier has failed to truly establish himself for England in a central midfield role, though.
Supporters are not sold on the idea of Dier being the anchor on which Gareth Southgate builds his team for the 2020 European Championships.
Rice’s next career decision could be ominous for Spurs star Dier
So Rice’s next big decision of his fledgling career could be ominous for Dier.
Rice has already featured at international level in friendlies for the Republic of Ireland.
But he has been involved in a tug of war between Ireland and England over his international allegiance.
The youngster has asked for time to make up his mind.
Rice the better player
Many feel he may lean towards England as he continues to prove himself one of the hottest young players in the top flight.
And that could be curtains for Dier in the Three Lions side moving forward.
Time will tell but Rice is certainly the more athletic and impressive midfield operator of the two.
Ireland striker Jon Walters, who has seen Rice up close, said he is in the top three young players in the Premier League and has backed him to reach the ‘very top’.
At 19 @_DeclanRice is easily up there in the top 3 young players in the Premier League. A monumental player for West Ham and if he keeps on going the way he is, one destined for the very top.
— Jonathan Walters (@JonWalters19) December 27, 2018