Declan Rice

Declan Rice
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Declan Rice

Current Club: West Ham United.

Previous Clubs: Chelsea.

Loan Clubs: N/A.

International: England 7 caps.

Trophies Won: N/A.

There is a school of thought that Rice's future is at centre-back and that he is not really good enough in midfield for the long term. Personally I think that is a false belief and that actually he is being stifled by the way he is used and the team mates around him.

Rice does have excellent defensive instincts and I do believe he would make a perfectly adequate centre-back, but I do not see that making the most of his talents. For me he just needs help in the midfield area, rather than having to carry the whole defensive third on his own as Mark Noble no longer has the legs to get back for the full 90 minutes.

That is why the addition of Tomas Soucek will be, I feel, key to his future career trajectory, as the Czech will take a lot of the defensive burden off his hands and allow him a bit of freedom. In the few moments Rice has been able to play with freedom, usually it is when the Hammers are losing late in games, he often shows much more talent than he is believed to possess.

Rice is never going to be a deep-lying playmaker, who can pick out a 70 yard cross field pass with great accuracy. Instead he is at his best getting involved in a short, quick-passing game and spotting a threaded through ball on the edge of the box.

At just 21, Rice has time to develop that side of his game to higher levels, as his defensive positioning and tracking back are already among the best around. For a youngster he has exceptional reading of the game and is usually well positioned to force opponents to move attacks away from the area of the pitch he is in.

That has often meant he was chasing his tail trying to cover gaps that a midfield partner would normally be in place to deal with, so Rice will no doubt be delighted to get some genuine help in there. His game will benefit from having less pressure to defend across the entire pitch and Rice will be able to show whether he really is of the quality to step up and be an international class midfielder in the long term.

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Written by Ed001 March 18 2020 16:23:49