Speaking to Football Insider, former Premier League goalkeeper and beIN Sports pundit Paul Robinson has been left wowed by West Ham United youngster Declan Rice as he discusses his newly-found attacking threat.
The Lowdown: Rice shines over 2021/2022…
One of only eight Hammers players to start every Premier League game this season, Rice’s presence as a colossal enforcer in the centre of the pitch cannot be understated.
The 22-year-old reigns superior above all of his teammates in terms of Premier League interceptions averaged per 90 in midfield (2) and lies second only behind fellow starlet Ben Johnson for tackles (Rice, 2.5; Johnson, 3.5), according to WhoScored.
As he continues to display his defensive solidarity for West Ham, Robinson has actually been left in awe of Rice’s attacking traits as he makes a claim to Football Insider.
The Latest: Robinson blown away by Rice ‘goal threat’…
Wowed by the midfield star’s progression this season, the former England international has claimed that Rice has also improved going forward and is now a ‘goal threat’ and ‘creator’ as well for Moyes.
“Rice is up there as the best all-round midfielder in the Premier League on current form. He is playing in a team that is flying right now.
“I think the partnership with him and Kalvin Phillips with England is fantastic.
“I know Rice is still very young but he is proven now. This season he has taken on responsibility at both ends of the pitch
“He has always been great at sitting in front of the back four and protecting the defence. But, this season he has shown he has a lot more to his game.
“He is a destroyer but he is also now a goal threat and a creator. His vision for a through ball is amazing. He has shown that he can be devastating higher up the pitch as well as in a deep-lying role.”
The Verdict: More complete?
Going by his numbers so far this campaign compared to last term, Robinson certainly has a point when it comes to Rice’s evolution as a more all-round midfielder.
As well as this, over his 10 Premier League starts, Rice has completed a superior number of completed dribbles per 90 (1.6) compared to last season (0.9) whilst also averaging more key passes in the final third (1.2) than in 20/21 (0.7).
If the defensive midfield man can continue his progress further up the pitch, it’s safe to say Moyes and co could have an even bigger asset on their hands than they already did.
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