Gary Neville has told Sky Sports on Monday night – as per Football Daily – that he is unsure if West Ham United favourite Declan Rice has a future in central midfield, comparing the Hammers star to Tottenham Hotspur man Eric Dier.
Rice, 21, has a whopping 113 Premier League appearances under his belt despite his tender age – and has captained West Ham in 12 of his side’s 14 league games with Mark Noble coming in and out of the side. He is one of England’s brightest prospects.
The Chelsea academy product joined West Ham as a teenager and has since gone on to shine, either in midfield or at centre-back. Similarly, England defender Dier is excelling at centre-back at the moment – after playing in midfield for Spurs.
Neville praised Rice for his amount of games and his performances so far, but questioned whether Rice has the ability to play in midfield – claiming he is like £72,000-a-week (Spotrac) Dier in that he looks like a central defender playing in midfield.