Final Up to date: February 22, 2019 12:15 pm
West Ham United supervisor Manuel Pellegrini has this morning lavished reward on Hammers’ teen Declan Rice.
West Ham prodigy
Versatile 20-year-old Rice can line out as both a central defender or defensive midfielder.
After showcasing his large potential throughout 26 Premier League appearances for West Ham final season (15 begins), Rice has since gone on to cement himself as an integral member of Manuel Pellegrini’s midfield thus far within the present marketing campaign.
The teenager has began in 23 of the Hammers’ 26 league outings, incomes rave opinions for his performances versus the likes of Tottenham, Leicester and Arsenal:
18 years previous.
Man of the match.
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January four, 2018
Rice’s rise to prominence just lately noticed England win out in a public tug-of-war with the Republic of Eire over securing the Hammers’ starlet’s worldwide allegiance.
And, on the again of subsequent claims that England boss Gareth Southgate is eager to incorporate Rice in his upcoming squad for the Three Lions’ European Championship qualifiers on the finish of March, Manuel Pellegrini this morning revealed his opinion that the 20-year-old is greater than able to take his place on the base of England’s midfield.
In actual fact, talking to reporters, the West Ham supervisor urged that his facet’s crown jewel is already the best holding midfielder out there to Southgate:
‘Sure, I believe he is able to play for England.’
‘We’re simply beginning the event of him as a participant however on this second his performances are higher than each holding midfielder that they’ve within the different groups.’
‘On this second, sure. No less than, I’m speaking in regards to the English gamers within the Premier League.’
‘Possibly there are overseas gamers in massive groups like Fernandinho which might be additionally [very good].’
‘However we’re simply beginning to see what Declan will likely be sooner or later.’
‘The thoughts of a mature participant’
Pellegrini additionally went on to liken Rice to former West Ham midfield normal and Argentine legend, Javier Mascherano:
‘I’ve labored with so many younger gamers. I began with Javier Mascherano when he was 17 years previous. He was just like Declan Rice in his mentality. After they have been 17 or 18 years previous, it appeared that they’d a mentality of a 35-year-old.’
‘When you’re 17, 18, 19 years previous, once you arrive within the first group it could actually change your mindset and make you assume you’re prepared.’
‘Within the case of Declan, he is aware of that he simply beginning. That is essential.’
‘He’s 20 years previous however has the thoughts of a mature participant. He’s all the time listening if you find yourself speaking to him. He’s all the time attempting to be taught from different gamers which have extra expertise.’
‘You see that he’s bettering in each coaching session. Each coaching session he does right here, he does it with 100 per cent depth and is all the time attempting to enhance.’
Quotes by way of Sky Sports activities.
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