Jamie Redknapp suggested that West Ham youngster Declan Rice has not been outstanding this season, when writing his regular column for the Daily Mail, although he raved about the midfielder’s display against Chelsea.

The 20-year-old Hammers starlet has been incredibly consistent over the past 18 months.

He has been nowhere near his best over the past couple of months, however.

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West Ham have been really poor during that period, but their win against Chelsea on Saturday saw Rice return to his very best.

The England international was all over the pitch and put in an inspirational display.

And Redknapp offered high words of praise for the West Ham ace, despite suggesting that he has not been at his very best this season, when writing his regular column for the Daily Mail:

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Jamie Redknapp (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

“Declan Rice put in an old-school midfield performance for West Ham at Chelsea. The 20-year-old has not been outstanding this season, and he’ll be the first to admit that, but what a job he did at Stamford Bridge. This was the Rice we all love to watch, the player who got himself into the England squad. Sometimes when the team is not doing well, heads can drop. But Rice led the way in West Ham’s 1-0 win on Saturday.”

Redknapp’s comments suggesting that Rice has not been outstanding this season are perhaps a little harsh. The 20-year-old has easily been the Hammers’ best player.

And people need to remember that he is still so young.

Rice will undoubtedly go on to become one of the Premier League’s best midfielders.

And West Ham are lucky to have him.

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