West Ham United manager David Moyes has revealed that midfielder Declan Rice has all the attributes to become the club’s captain in the near future.
The England international is highly-rated in the football community and has been very impressive since breaking into the Hammers’ first-team set-up.
Moyes, while talking to Sky Sports in a detailed interview, heaped praise on the young West Ham midfielder and believes he is developing into a real leader with the help of Mark Noble.
“I can see big improvements from when I left,” said Moyes.
“He’s now someone who is physically much better: he’s much quicker, much stronger. And he has a better understanding. I think he’s learning under Mark Noble the leadership side of it.
“He was a quiet boy when I first came to the club, but he’s developing a good personality. He’s got a lot of things to do better but as a young boy he’s doing very well.
“So many of the young boys these days are looking to be improved by coaches but quite often it’s your own self development as a player.
“You have to develop yourself, you have to understand, you have to pick things up very quickly and not always rely on you coaches to be your guide. There are bits of his game which we are hoping he’ll improve with time, with development.
“But at the moment he’s taking a big role at the club. There’s no one better for him to look up to at this club than Mark. He will give him a true reflection on how he is and how the club is. He’s good that way.”
Rice is a West Ham academy product and was promoted to the senior team in the summer of 2017.
Since then, the 21-year-old has represented his current club in 97 matches in all competitions where he has managed to score twice and provided two assists as well.
In the ongoing campaign, Rice has represented the Hammers in 27 matches in all competitions where he has provided a solitary assist.
Moving forward, it is only natural that some of English football’s top teams will be eyeing the young star as a potential recruit.
For West Ham to progress and push for European qualification in future seasons, keeping Rice at the London Stadium is a prerequisite.