Jack Wilshere has claimed that he loves watching his West Ham teammate Declan Rice in action.
Wilshere, 28, has played alongside some top-class players in his career from the time he was at Arsenal and also involved with the England national team.
He has admitted that he loves watching highly-rated Hammers star Rice, who is now in the England squad himself and viewed as a key man under national manager Gareth Southgate.
Rice played every single league minute during the last campaign and he’s considered to be a rising star.
The 21-year-old is already an integral player at the London Stadium despite being so young and has captained the team during the absence of veteran Mark Noble too.
He is an all-action central midfielder that is pivotal to the plans of West Ham boss David Moyes, with his leadership qualities on the pitch, range of passing and aggressive tackling.
Wilshere told the Times: “I love Dec, I love watching Dec. He’s a good mate of mine. He has to play. He’s probably our best player, especially over the last season he’s been brilliant.”
After starting the new season with back-to-back league defeats, many West Ham fans are expecting yet another tough season where they flirt with the danger of relegation and they are crying out for some new signings to inject quality to the squad.
Rice is the outstanding individual in the West Ham squad that should be nowhere near the bottom end of the table, so it will be intriguing to see if there are any movements on his future.
There is also a conversation to be had about his best position in the long-term, as he’s mainly been used in the centre of the park by the Hammers but can play at centre-back too and was a defender coming through the youth ranks.