Jamie Carragher raved about West Ham ace Declan Rice, when speaking exclusively to Sky Sports, sharing how he believes the 21-year-old could end up as a centre-back.

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The Hammers ace has been unbelievably consistent over the past two years. He has undoubtedly been West Ham’s best player during that period.

The England international has not been immune from criticism, however. Especially from opposing fans.

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Declan Rice (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Anyone who watches Rice week-in, week-out knows how good he is, however.

The Hammers youngster actually began his career as a centre-back, but moved into midfield two years ago.

Carragher raved about the 21-year-old, when speaking to Sky Sports, and suggested that his future could actually lie in defence:

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“I’m a big fan of Declan Rice. I think what he’s done is he’s come in and he’s had everyone talking about how great he is. And this season, at different stages, he had people questioning him. Is he good enough on the ball? Does he receive the ball in good enough positions? You have a spell when you receive a little bit of criticism and it’s how you come out the other side.”

Carragher went on to say:

“I’ve watched Declan Rice a lot, and I think he’s got really good character. I think he’s better on the ball than he is actually given credit for. I think he’s got something about him. Going forward for Declan Rice, I think he’d be perfect in that position (centre-back). I’d have no qualms about him moving into that position.”

Rice has recently been linked with a big money move away from West Ham.

 

Frank Lampard wants to bring the 21-year-old England international to Chelsea, according to a report from Sky Sports. But David Moyes’s side will demand £100 million for the midfielder, according to a report from club insiders Claret and Hugh.

But it is imperative that the Hammers keep hold of the young star. Especially if they want to make real progress over the next few years.

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Declan Rice (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Stats

The 21-year-old has made 100 appearances for the Hammers, racking up two goals and three assists in the process (Transfermarkt).

In 90 Premier League appearances for West Ham, the seven-capped England international has racked up 221 tackles, 140 interceptions, 165 clearances and 610 ball recoveries (premierleague.com).

It is clear to see for everyone who watches Rice play just how important he is to West Ham. In fact, it could be argued that he is priceless and indispensable.

With the financial ramifications of the ongoing global health crisis, however, it is a very real prospect that the Hammers could sell their prized asset.

Let’s just hope that doesn’t happen.

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