West Ham United star Declan Rice made a plea to the club’s owners to back David Moyes in the transfer market this summer.
All is not well at West Ham.
That was obvious from the performance in the 2-0 defeat to Newcastle on the opening day.
A toxic atmosphere has enveloped the club once again.
Unhappy Hammers look destined for relegation battle
Players and fans are united against the owners after captain Mark Noble hit out at David Sullivan and David Gold for selling Grady Diangana.
Moyes looks crestfallen and fed up. And West Ham look almost certain for another relegation battle.
It is one fans fear they won’t win this time around.
Moyes did have ambitions to turn West Ham into a Red Bull lite. The Scot wanted to build a new look Hammers side around young, hungry players.
But those modest plans are already a pipedream thanks to a lack of investment from Sullivan and Gold.
‘Future captain’ Rice should be West Ham’s leading light
In Declan Rice, West Ham have one of the best young players in Europe. A future West Ham captain if he is not sold to Chelsea before then.
A club tends to reward and listen to its star players.
But despite his superb performances which went a long way to keeping West Ham up last season Rice is still earning a modest £30,000 per week (WTFoot).
For perspective, that’s £20,000 less than Carlos Sanchez was on before he left in June.
It is also £20k less than Aaron Cresswell is on. Nearly £70k less than Manuel Lanzini and Jack Wilshere. Over £10k less than Ryan Fredericks and Arthur Masuaku even.
Star’s plea to owners to back Moyes falls on deaf ears
Not only has Rice has not been rewarded with a new deal boasting higher salary.
He has also been ignored when it comes to his pleas for Sullivan and Gold to back Moyes in the transfer market.
Speaking on BT Sport the backend of last season Rice appealed to the duo to follow Moyes’s vision after the impressive signings of Tomas Soucek and Jarrod Bowen.
“The manager has only been here a few months,” Rice told West Ham legend Joe Cole on BT Sport.
“The first time he only had a little spell, so hopefully the club give him what he wants and he can build a team for the future.
“If you look at the players we’ve brought in; Bowen – he’s an unbelievable player, Soucek is exactly what we’ve needed, he’s box-to-box.
“With Seb (Haller) in too we’re signing the right type of player… we are building a nice team.”
Rice’s appeal has fallen on deaf ears thus far, though.
His fellow academy graduate Grady Diangana has been controversially sold to West Brom.
And West Ham are the only club not to bring in a new face this summer with Sullivan, Gold and Karren Brady pleading poverty due to the global health crisis.
That is despite Premier League spending nearing the £1 billion mark.