David Moyes says one West Ham player's game is progressing to the next level
West Ham United boss David Moyes has praised Declan Rice following his goalscoring heroics in the Europa League on Thursday.
The Hammers talisman grabbed his second European goal in as many matches in the 2-0 victory over Rapid Vienna.
Rice opened the scoring at the London Stadium in the 29th minute, slotting home Michail Antonio’s squared ball.
West Ham had plenty of chances to put the game beyond the reach of Rapid, as Rice and Craig Dawson rattled the woodwork.
However, the Hammers had to wait until second-half injury time to make the result safe.
Jarrod Bowen set up Said Benrahma, who brought the ball back onto his right foot and curled a low shot into the bottom corner.
Moyes is pleased to see Rice adding another string to his bow and has encouraged to get into scoring positions more often.
“We have to be careful, he does such a good job in front of the back four for West Ham and England,” he told football.london after the game.
“He is beginning to show he can score and we want him to do that a it more.
“He has a great shot on him and we would like to get him in the positions more often.
“But overall he is a really good, developing midfield player.”
Later in the press conference, Moyes added: “He is so important to us but if we get the right opportunities we will rotate him as we did in the League Cup.
“He is young and fit and part of his development is to play European football.”
Up next for West Ham is Brentford at home in the Premier League, a 2pm kickoff on Sunday.