Who will be West Ham’s new captain when Declan Rice leaves? The answer should be a fairly straightforward one in my opinion…

The 24-year-old midfielder took the captain’s armband from Mark Noble in the summer, when the now Sporting Director retired from playing football.

Dec has been a decent skipper for West Ham, although I don’t necessarily think that he is quite captain material just yet. That’s a debate for another time though.

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What matters now is getting someone in place to pick up the baton from Rice when he leaves the London Stadium in the summer.

The problem for us is that there aren’t too many standout candidates in all fairness. Maybe Angelo Ogbonna? The Italian won’t be a regular starter for the Hammers though, if he even is still at the club next season.

I think that answer is a really simple one…

Who will be West Ham’s new captain when Declan Rice leaves?

I believe that there is only one real option – Nayef Aguerd.

The 26-year-old was absolutely sensational for the Hammers against Everton on Saturday.

He was absolutely superb technically, was tenacious in the tackle, quick along the ground and strong in the air. What else can you ask for from a centre-back? Oh yes…leadership and organisational skills…and Aguerd has those in abundance.

The ex-Rennes ace led from the back on Saturday and demonstrated just how good he is at getting his troops in line.

If I was in the trenches, I would want Aguerd next to me, wouldn’t you? Not only does he lead by example with his absolute brilliance, but he is clearly a winner – someone who will accept nothing less than a victory every single week. He’s a mentality monster!

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We have lacked characters like that at the London Stadium for some time now. So it’s great to have someone like him on board. The £30 million that David Moyes paid Rennes to sign him in the summer will end up looking like unbelievable business in my opinion.

With Aguerd in the team, I just feel so much more confident that we won’t lose.

So in my opinion, the answer to the question is an easy one. Who will be West Ham’s new captain when Declan Rice leaves?

It should be Nayef Aguerd all day, every day. And if David Moyes doesn’t think that same, there is something very wrong with how he views the game.

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