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Rice masterclass against Watford can justify West Ham's Quina decision
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Rice masterclass against Watford can justify West Ham's Quina decision

West Ham face Watford this weekend, aiming to make it five wins on the bounce.

And in midfield, one current West Ham wonder-kid is up against a former Hammers starlet.

Both Declan Rice and Domingos Quina are likely to start this weekend and their personal battle should be fascinating.

West Ham sold Quina to Watford for £1m last summer, according to Football.London.

But can Rice keep him quiet and justify West Ham’s decision to let go of the talented teenager?

Domingos Quina

Domingos Quina has impressed for Watford this season. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Quina left West Ham in the summer, having made six first-team appearances for the Irons.

The Portugal under-20 international made an instant impression at Watford, scoring a stunner against Reading in the cup.

But after missing a penalty against Tottenham Hotspur in a later round, he had to wait a while before another chance.

Quina was recalled to the Watford team for a Premier League game against Manchester City and then he started the following match at Everton.

Last weekend, the 19-year-old scored his first league goal with an impressive long-range strike against Cardiff City.

Declan Rice

Declan Rice is a fan favourite at The London Stadium. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images)

This weekend, Quina comes up against his former team-mate Rice, who is the standout performer in West Ham’s midfield.

The 19-year-old will be tasked with keeping Quina quiet and protecting the back four.

Rice is a firm fans’ favourite at West Ham, having come through the academy ranks.

Quina and Rice are both 19 and have both played for Chelsea and West Ham at youth level.

But Rice will need to prove why West Ham were right to let Quina go, by ensuring he uses his superior knowledge of senior football to edge his opponent out of the game.