The star of the show for West Ham United against a mighty opposition on Monday night was once again young Declan Rice. The hard-working midfielder put on another admirable performance, keeping Liverpool’s midfield quiet as well as nullifying their attacking threat.
The twenty-year-old is the Hammers beloved possession right now and quickly becoming a fan-favourite. Possession the ability to operate both as a centre-back as well as a defensive midfielder, Rice has really thrived in a midfield role. An energetic figure in the middle, Rice always keeps his opposition on their toe and works his way into nullifying their threat.
The youngster’s crowning moment came when he scored the winner against Arsenal, his first for the club. However, it’s not his goals or assists, but his defensive capabilities which must have impressed big sides. In a league full of teams desperate for a stable defensive midfielder, Rice easily fit into sides like Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur or even Manchester United.
He’s also reportedly being chased by a few and considering the ability in his arsenal, he should look for a big move soon. Rice’s 64% tackling success, 36 interceptions and 192 recoveries (stats via WhoScored) of possession prove how much of an intelligent, tough-working midfielder he really is.
Declan Rice possesses the pedigree to thrive at the top and could become England’s mainstay midfield option if honed well. Watching his passion during games, maturity and ability to turn up on the big occasions, the Hammers’ youngster is destined to evolve into a potential world-class midfielder.
Like Joe Cole, Michael Carrick and Rio Ferdinand before him, Rice will surely outgrow his current settings.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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