Fans have savaged West Ham United-supporting reporter Ian Abrahams for ‘touting’ star player Declan Rice for sale.
Rice is comfortably West Ham’s best player and one of the best in his position in the Premier League.
The 21-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea (The Mirror).
West Ham fans are desperate to see the club stay up and hold on to Rice.
Declan is Hammers captain in waiting, if they can keep him
Hammers supporters want him to replace Mark Noble as captain next season.
That is something Rice has dreamed of doing, as he told Tony Cottee in an interview for West Ham’s website.
Rice made the headlines again with superb performances in West Ham’s win over Chelsea and draw at Newcastle.
But when West Ham-supporting talkSPORT reporter Ian ‘The Moose’ Abrahams touted Rice for sale by saying he was ‘too good for them’ it sparked an angry reaction.
‘Too good for West Ham’ Reporter touts Rice for sale
“In my opinion, Declan Rice is too good for West Ham,” Abrahams said on talkSPORT Breakfast this week.
“I think it would be very much like when David Moyes sold Wayne Rooney at Everton if he sold Declan Rice, in that I don’t think West Ham fans should hammer him over it.
“I think it would be wrong to hold Rice back. You couldn’t blame the kid if he wanted to go back to Chelsea.
“But this is the one proviso – if Declan Rice is sold this summer, the money has to be given to David Moyes to go and invest. Lets say, for example, Moyes got £75m – £80m for Declan Rice, and yes he’s worth at least that, he’s only 21, there are some good young players right now in the Championship that I believe could step up easily into the Premier League.”
Hammers fans angry at Moose comments
West Ham fan forums, WhatsApp groups and social media were flooded with angry messages directed at Abrahams.
The reporter would undoubtedly defend his stance as realistic and honest.
But many felt the reporter’s attitude was indicative of the small club mentality which has held, and continues to hold, West Ham back despite leaving their beloved Upton Park to avoid precisely this scenario.
The wider football fanbase also jumped on the Moose’s comments. The general consensus being that Rice was worth nowhere near £80million.
If he keeps West Ham in the Premier League – and make no mistake it will have been almost single-handedly such has been the over-reliance on the England midfield enforcer – he’s worth double that.