West Ham United sit third in the Premier League following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
Goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Aaron Cresswell earned the Hammers a share of the spoils from an entertaining contest.
Manuel Pellegrini needed a big result after the midweek Carabao Cup embarrassment at the hands of Oxford United.
It was a big performance from his side against Eddie Howe’s men who had been hoping to win their third consecutive game.
Several members of the West Ham team earned rave reviews but once again Declan Rice showed exactly why he is rated so highly by his club.
On Saturday he had a 93% pass accuracy, completed 18 ball recoveries and six interceptions, much to the delight of the West Ham faithful.
Rice signed a new contract worth £30,000-a-week back in December (The Sun) and it is clear to see why the Premier League’s big-boys continue to monitor him.
He is comfortably one of West Ham’s most important players and makes protecting the back four look completely effortless on a frequent basis.
Following a stunning display on Saturday, West Ham fans took to Twitter. We looked at a selection of tweets from Hammers supporters, raving about Rice.
— Ryan Fredericks (@RyanFredericks_) September 28, 2019
He’s a little bit good our Dec. 😏⚒⚒
— Dan (@WesthamDan16) September 28, 2019
Would love to see him keep going when he's breaking with ball at feet. He's immense
— Matty Webster (@WebsterMatty) September 28, 2019
Had a great game 👏
— Richard Outram (@RichardOutram) September 28, 2019
Rice, Haller, Yarmelenko, Cresswell and Frederick's we're all quality today. #COYI
— Kyle Marvell (@KyleMarvell) September 28, 2019
Nothing to see here just a rolls Royce doing what rolls Royce do
— mark (@taylor251073) September 28, 2019
When people question Rice and his contribution, you have to question whether they actually understand football at all. The level of consistency he shows for his age, in the most important area of the field, a position that isn’t his original, is absolutely unreal. What a talent.
— G (@gdizzle1981) September 29, 2019