West Ham’s academy graduate Declan Rice is certainly one of the success stories so far this season under manager Manuel Pellegrini.
The 19-year-old has managed to break into the starting XI as a defensive midfielder and is proving that he fully belongs at Premier League level.
His versatility has seen him in the past switch between defence and midfield for the Hammers, but he’s now settled on his position and is becoming an integral player for the team.
Pellegrini has tipped Rice to reach whatever level he wants to strive for, which very much suggests that the best is yet to come from him.
“Declan has a lot of potential to arrive at the level he wants,” Pellegrini said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“He is learning a lot of things very fast and improving his performance in every game. I hope he will be a top player in some years more.”
Rice naturally should improve with the more experience he obtains and as a teenager still has a long career ahead of him.
His ambition should be to keep improving his game and can take a look at some of the world’s best defensive midfielders for tips.
West Ham’s prodigy is extremely efficient in possession and can help provide a defensive screen in front of the back four.
Pellegrini is confident that Rice is improving on a weekly basis and the Hammers could have a real player on their hands by the end of the season if that continues.