West Ham United are currently struggling near the bottom of the Premier League as they sit 16th and former Leeds United player Michael Brown believes Declan Rice might have his eyes set on a move sooner rather than later.
Rice has been a solid defensive midfielder since he emerged from the Hammers academy in 2017, via Transfermarkt, and his performances have seen many praise the 21 year-old, emphasising that he has a big future ahead of him.
Indeed, this term alone the midfielder is averaging a huge three tackles per game, as well as 2.1 interceptions, 1.5 dribbles and 1.4 clearances whilst maintaining a strong pass completion rate of 86.2% (WhoScored).
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It has not gone unnoticed by other clubs either, with London rivals Chelsea heavily interested in the player, via Sky Sports.
Speaking on the future that Rice has ahead of him to Football Insider, Brown said: “I think he’s played enough now, he’s got a good tally of games behind him so he’s obviously gained that experience now in the Premier League. I think Declan Rice will be looking to try and progress at a club a little bit higher up the league once you’ve played that amount of games.
“With West Ham still showing promise at times and then finding it difficult, if a move [emerged] and he could see a pathway to play somewhere else, I think he would consider it now.
“Will they need some player in that category? I’m sure they will be well aware there will be suitors for Declan Rice. They’ll have probably already got a list together to see and say: ‘Where can we put somebody in?'”
It is hard to disagree with Brown here, Rice has been performing well at the club, and has recently also become a key member of Gareth Southgate’s England squad, making seven appearances since his debut in March 2019, per Transfermarkt. Playing alongside stars who are already playing at Chelsea whilst with the national side will make him feel even more that he can be playing alongside the best.
The fact that he also originally came from Chelsea’s academy might make him want to return to the Blues and prove himself back at Stamford Bridge, and if West Ham are not able to get themselves out of a relegation battle, then it looks likely that Rice will leave the club.
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