Ex-West Ham manager David Moyes has praised current Hammers star Declan Rice and feels that he keeps getting better.
The 20-year-old has really grown into the defensive midfield role at the London Stadium and also forced his way into Gareth Southgate’s England plans on the international stage.
He is a no-nonsense enforcer that helps protect the defence by breaking up possession and he’s a decent passer too.
The youngster has come through the academy ranks at West Ham and is in line to make his 80th senior appearance for the club in the home fixture against Sheffield United on Saturday.
Rice is an ever-present in Manuel Pellegrini’s team and has a decent partnership next to experienced mentor Mark Noble.
Moyes has been discussing the immense potential of Rice and hailed him for his displays already this campaign.
“Declan is improving all the time. I think this season he has been exceptional. I think the step up he’s made to play for England,” Moyes told talkSPORT.
“When we had him at West Ham he had to play centre-half because we were short and had a few injuries at the times. He’s a great boy, a great learner, wants to improve all the time. I think he’s got a big future.
“He has become nearly that central midfield play England is looking for. I think Declan Rice might be the future now.”
West Ham have certainly developed a real gem in the shape of Rice and they need to try keep him at the club for the foreseeable future, even if there is interest from elsewhere.
He should have a huge price tag on his head after becoming a senior England international and impressing on a regular basis in the Premier League, but there is still more to come from him.
The rising star can mature into a more complete midfielder as he gains more experience and will learn a lot playing next to captain Noble.