West Ham fans all know that they have a real gem on their books in the form of Declan Rice. After coming into the fold last season, the current campaign has seen him become a real star as he’s scored his first Hammers goal and nailed down the holding midfield role in Manuel Pellegrini’s system, leading to the Chilean making a bold call about the star.
Some statement by the Boss. pic.twitter.com/4kYzIHPI5O
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) February 22, 2019
The Chilean ex-Manchester City manager went as far as to compare the 20-year-old to a former Hammer and two-time Champions League winner and five-time Spanish champion Javier Mascherano, who also racked up an incredible 147 caps for his native Argentina. The chances of Rice following in the former Irons footsteps are slim, but he definitely has the potential to do so.
The youngster recently confirmed that he would be choosing Englan as his national side over the Republic of Ireland, and whilst that may not have gone too well with the Irish fans after he won three caps for them in friendly fixtures, the Three Lions will be delighted. Now he just needs to show that his potential can be reached and keep up his levels.
You can read the Hammers’ response to Pellegrini’s quotes on Rice here:
Not even a debate though is it. Even Spurs fans would agree England can do better than Dier and Henderson is just a sideways pass merchant who waves his hands around a lot
— alex (@alex_cvb) February 22, 2019
Eric Dier right now pic.twitter.com/ObwZ37fTn9
— L E N N O X (@lennoxfors) 22 February 2019
Fantastic player, best of luck to him and the Irons, a very bright future indeed
— Ray woods (@Kippax73) 22 February 2019
I think the boss is right. That boy is going to go far
— Adam H (@AdaminBarnet) February 22, 2019
— Rhys (@rhysj39) 22 February 2019
If rice keeps his head down he could be the next mullins
— Anthony (@900dollaryd00s) February 22, 2019
The Hamers have high hopes for Rice and will hope he can continue to shine for them as they look to become a powerhouse under Pellegrini.