West Ham United ace Declan Rice highlighted the Chelsea players’ reaction whenever N’Golo Kante scores a goal as evidence of what a top class defensive midfielder’s primary job should be, when speaking to the Daily Mail.

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The 22-year-old Hammers ace has already established himself as the most important player at the London Stadium.

One criticism of Rice has been his lack of goals.

Declan Rice of West Ham United and Manager of West Ham
Declan Rice (Photo by Richard Calver/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Everyone needs to remember that the West Ham ace’s primary job is to protect the back four, however.

Declan Rice uses Chelsea ace N’Golo Kane as an example of what his fundamental job should be

If the 13-capped England international provides cover for his teammates, intercepts aggressively and keeps play ticking over with quick and precise passing, he will have done his job.

And Rice told the Daily Mail how the manner in which the Chelsea players react when N’Golo Kante scores proves that hitting the back of the net is not expected from players who occupy the deep-lying midfield positions:

N’Golo Kante in action against Declan Rice (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

“If I’m honest, I view it as a bonus. My job is to protect the back four, break things up and then get on the ball to start things for my team. It’s a nice feeling to score but I need to improve on other things before I worry about that. When Kante scores, I notice everyone crowds him, he’s not really expected to.”

 

Rice is spot on here.

The 22-year-old should be thinking of nothing else aside from adding solidarity to West Ham’s defensive play.

Perhaps as the game evolves and he continues to mature as a player, the goals may well begin to flow.

For now though, Rice is integral to our defensive play and the way in which we break from defence to attack.

The West Ham ace’s energy, commitment and stamina is infectious. Just keep what you’re doing Dec. Kante has been doing it for years and he’s made a decent enough career out of it!

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