Declan Rice has arguably been West Ham’s top performer so far this season in midfield and his reputation continues to soar.
The 20-year-old has been a rock as a defensive midfielder alongside captain Mark Noble and become an ever-present in the Hammers XI.
But it could be even better in the centre of the park if manager Manuel Pellegrini decides to pair Rice alongside teammate Jack Wilshere.
The duo have started just one game together this season due to the fact Wilshere has made five appearances all campaign and has suffered with injury.
But the Times reports that Pellegrini is hopeful of the 27-year-old returning to training again in a few weeks time.
West Ham could have a seriously quality midfield axis of Rice-Wilshere in the future and it could set off fireworks in the Premier League.
Rice is showing he certainly belongs at the top level with his consistency this campaign, while Wilshere has proven in the past the levels he can reach and a lot of it is down to fitness.
It would be an extremely fascinating partnership to watch develop if the two central midfielders are given a run together in the back end of the season.
Wilshere would provide the guile and flair on the ball, while Rice is an aggressive enforcer that breaks up play so well.