West Ham United star Declan Rice was blown away by Alphonso Davies during Bayern Munich’s 8-2 demolition of Barcelona last night.

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Rice was West Ham’s star player last season, picking up the Hammer of the Year award as he helped lead David Moyes’s side to safety.

His performances cemented Rice as one of the hottest young properties in Europe.

But the West Ham midfielder was impressed with the performance of another rising star of the European game in Bayern’s thrashing of Barca in the Champions League quarter-finals on Friday night, Alphonso Davies.

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Davies impresses Rice – and the world – in Bayern romp

The 19-year-old was one of the standout players in the historic victory.

The champagne moment of the victory came when Davies showed fantastic skill, pace and power to beat Nelson Semedo, surge into the Barca box and setup Joshua Kimmich for a tap in.

West Ham hero Rice took to Twitter to rave about Davies and Bayern.

“Alphonso (stop it, devastating, on fire emojis),” Rice said on Twitter.

He added: “This is relentless from Bayern.”

Ironically Rice could have been playing alongside Davies at West Ham, had the Hammers played their cards right.

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Davies could have been Rice’s West Ham teammate

Former Vancouver Whitecaps manager Carl Robinson told Tribal Football that West Ham and Liverpool were ‘seriously interested’ in signing Davies a couple of years back.

West Ham’s interest came to nothing, though, and the Canada international eventually left the Whitecaps for Bayern Munich in January 2019. And the rest, as they say, is history.

 

The 19-year-old wonderkid, who can also play at centre back, is now now one of hottest prospects on the planet with an unimaginable value.

And he could well have been a Hammer 18 months before the Bayern move had West Ham agreed to meet Vancouver’s modest £12.5million valuation.

“Whenever you have someone about 15 or 16 years of age playing first team football it gets flagged by the big clubs,” Robinson told Tribal Football.

“On our preseason tour of Wales, it wasn’t just your usual suspects like Liverpool or West Ham. But Swansea and Crystal Palace also had some serious interest.

“They didn’t exactly agree with his value at the time, however. Bayern were interested 18 months prior to him signing. They kept regular contact and made him feel warm, welcomed and valued.”

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Bitter irony that West Ham did not match Vancouver’s modest valuation

The fact West Ham did not agree with Vancouver’s frankly meagre valuation is laced with bitter irony.

Now West Ham boss David Moyes is looking to implement the Red Bull vision at the club. Chiefly signing young, hot prospects before the big fish are alerted to them.

The other irony is that Moyes is now desperately trying to find a new centre back and a new left-back.

Rice and Davies would have made a formidable pairing in the West Ham side.

Instead it looks like the Hammers will have to rely on Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku again as Moyes has no money to spend (Claret & Hugh) and no prospect of finding buyers for either.

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