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How Declan Rice is another Chelsea reject shinning in the Premier League

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2.07K   //    10 Feb 2019, 11:44 IST

West Ham’s 20-year-old Irish powerhouse, Declan Rice
West Ham’s 20-year-old Irish powerhouse, Declan Rice

There are many youngsters today showcasing their talents in the Premier League. But out of these, there are very few who portray themselves as brave, strong, and fearless just like Steven Gerrard, Paul Scholes, and Roy Keane.

One of these is West Ham’s 20-year-old Irish powerhouse, Declan Rice. Whenever people watch him play, they feel like a young Roy Keane is playing in front of them.

He does not fear any of the big guns in the Premier League, as he plays his game without caring about the players in the opposition. He is a hard tackler and always puts his 100 per cent effort in each and every attempted tackle. That’s what the likes of Gerrard and Keane used to do when they were young. Not a lot of young players do that today.

He is very confident on the ball, and he never looks sloppy. Playing alongside West Ham legend Mark Noble has developed his game to the next level. Noble’s always been a preacher for Declan since he joined West Ham back in 2015 after being released from Chelsea at youth level.

A few weeks ago, he scored his first goal for West Ham in a 1-0 win over Arsenal at the London Stadium. He is a superb defensive midfielder averaging 2.6 successful tackles and 1.6 interceptions per game. He has a wonderful passing accuracy of 86.4 per cent. He is also superb in the air as he manages to win an average of 2.1 aerial duels every game.

He has the attributes which even matured players lack today
He has the attributes which even matured players lack today

He has been one of the main reasons why West Ham is performing well in the Premier League even after a shaky start to the Pellegrini era at the London Stadium. His work rate and his bravery make him a very good team player. He is a versatile midfielder who can fit into a number of positions. He can play as a central midfielder, a central defender, as well as a right back - depending on the situation.

More importantly, he is a player who enjoys challenging the big guns and the big boys of the Premier League. He has the attributes which even matured players lack today. He can be called a ‘no-nonsense central midfielder’.

He can fit into any of the top 6 teams in the Premier League. He will be perfect for Manchester City or even Tottenham Hotspur. At Manchester City, he can replace Fernandinho in central midfield.

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Everyone knows the importance of Fernandinho in Manchester City's team. City has always struggled without Fernandinho. Pep has been looking into the market to find someone who can fill the 31-year-old’s boots as he reaches the end stage of his career.

At Spurs, Declan can fill in the void left by Moussa Dembele. He can complement the likes of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli quite well in the Spurs midfield.

Another key attribute in Declan’s game is his consistency. He is one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League. Each and every week he puts in a great performance for his team.

He is a leader at a very young age and can arguably go into any of the top teams in the world and dictate the midfield. The 20-year-old is a massive talent and might be another Chelsea reject who could go on and become a world beater like Mohamed Salah or Kevin de Bruyne.

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