Leeds ace Kalvin Phillips praised West Ham starlet Declan Rice, when speaking to BBC Radio Leeds last night.
The Whites and Hammers defensive midfielders are often compared by both sets of fans.
The 25-year-old Leeds ace is thought of very highly at Elland Road and is a vitally important player for Marcelo Bielsa.
The same can be said of the 21-year-old at the London Stadium. Rice is indispensable for David Moyes.
Phillips and Rice are both elite talents, but we all know just how good the latter is. It could be argued that he is on another level to the Leeds star.
The Hammers ace is more than three years younger than the Whites man and he already has nine more international caps than his central midfield counterpart.
Phillips’ comments to BBC Radio Leeds prove just how highly rated Rice is by his peers:
“Declan’s obviously a very good player. He is younger than me as well. He has got a lot of experience in the Premier League, as I have not. For him to be playing for England so young is unbelievable for him. It’s very good for him.”
The two players will face off against one another on Friday night at Elland Road.
A really enticing contest awaits us. Leeds and West Ham have both been flying this season, so it should be a cracking game.
Phillips taking on Rice, meanwhile, will be a very interesting sub-plot. And both players will be keen to usurp the other on the biggest stage.