Rio Ferdinand has joined John Terry in lavishing praise on Declan Rice following his and West Ham’s superb start to the season.
Rice was once again one of the Hammers’ star performers on Sunday when they saw off Liverpool 3-2 to move third in the Premier League table. Rice was utilised in a slightly more defensive role against Jurgen Klopp’s team but was still pivotal in protecting his backline and transitioning his team from defence to attack.
Rice’s role in West Ham’s second goal was a minor one but vital nonetheless. After Craig Dawson stepped in and poached the ball off the toe of Sadio Mane, Rice was there pressuring the Senegalese international and flicked the ball onto Fornals.
The Spaniard, Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio then sped away on the counter-attack. In previous matches, Rice would have been haring after them but such was his tactical discipline on Sunday he held his run and watched as the attackers tore through the backline and Fornals fired past Allison.
Rice’s performances have been of such a high level that David Moyes has set his transfer value at well over £100 million and both Ferdinand and Terry were effusive in their praise of the England international.
“He has arguably been the best midfielder in the country,” Ferdinand told Vibe with Five. “He has dominated games, he has played with maturity. The Euros, something’s clicked in him different.
“His game management, the way he can change the pace of a game at times, we saw that at Newcastle earlier in the season. He’s added goals now. There’s a maturity in his game for one so young that he’s got levels still to go.”
Ferdinand was not the only former England captain to praise Rice this week with Terry taking to social media to do so.
“Decland [sic] Rice is the best in his position in world football. What a player,” he wrote on Twitter.
Moyes agrees with the two former England internationals having previously said Rice is ‘one of the best young midfield players in Europe, if not the best.’
Source by Football London