West Ham United picked up an excellent first three points of the season yesterday. The Hammers have struggled before the international break but looked far better in their clash with Everton yesterday.
Manuel Pellegrini got his team selection right and several West Ham players impressed. One man in particular who deserves plenty of praise is Declan Rice.
The youngster had a tough international break. He decided to pull out of Republic of Ireland duty as he considers whether to pursue an international future with England. Based on his performance yesterday, Gareth Southgate should be keeping an eye out.
Apployed in the holding midfield role he commanded the play against a lost looking Everton midfield.
The 19-year-old put in a display way beyond his tender years. It was the sort of assured display that needs little description. He never gave the ball away, played positive passes when necessary and had Gylfi Sigurdsson shackled until an Everton tactical shift no longer made the Iceland international his priority. As soon as that happened, Sigurdsson scored.
Rice was superb and the teenager has West Ham fans purring on social media. If he can keep up this sort of performance then the Hammers have a special talent on their hands…
— Danny Miller ? ??????? (@DannyMilz) September 16, 2018
Things we confirmed today. Rice is an absolute Rolls Royce player. Noble should have retired 4 years ago. Anderson is the biggest waste of £42m. Arnautovic is the boss. And we’ve turned back into the slow lethargic team Bilic made us. Great win tho. #EVEWHU #WHUFC
— Chris Mills (@Millsy_Official) September 16, 2018
— Andrew Brinkman (@wiggynosebest) September 16, 2018
Declan rice absolutely quality today! Love that guy. Got the ball and looked forward and class, Anderson worked hard brilliant. Yarmolenko with the finishes?arnie dominating! never in doubt #whufc #COYI #EVEWHU
— Loldeantimber (@loldeantimber) September 16, 2018
— Green St. Hammers (@GreenStHammers) September 16, 2018
Absolutely buzzing with that!! What a performance and fans didn’t stop all the way through!
Declan Rice is a talent, the guy is 19 years old, what a fantastic player he is going to be.
COYI ? pic.twitter.com/DmdZkYr0Nf
— Frankie Levin (@FrankWHUFC) September 16, 2018
Declan Rice was brilliant today. I think he would of been my MOTM #WHUFC
— Sam Head (@samhead90) September 16, 2018
— Matt Blissett (@MattLogue) September 16, 2018
— Lauren Johnson (@laurenjohnson16) September 16, 2018
Rice was fantastic today #WHUFC
— Blondinho (@Blondinho11) September 16, 2018
Rice is a good player. Can completely see why he’s backed himself for England #WHUFC
— Ben Grounds (@Ben_Islington) September 16, 2018