Monday, 23rd October 2017
Rice targets maximum points
Filed: Wednesday, 11th October 2017
Author: Staff Writer

West Ham's teenage star Declan Rice believes that the Hammers should be aiming to take maximum points from their next three Premier League fixtures.

Fresh from this week's international break, the Irons face Burnley (a), Brighton (h), Tottenham in the Carabao Cup and Crystal Palace (a) within the space of a fortnight beginning at Turf Moor this weekend.

And Rice, who made his first team debut for the Hammers at Turf Moor on the final day of last season believes that Slaven Bilic's side have the ability to secure maximum points from the three league fixtures.

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"We have a big month ahead and they are all winnable games," he told the club's website. "Itís about how we go out and perform on the pitch. If we play as we can, I think we can pick up close to maximum points this month.

"Turf Moor is where I made my debut back in May and it would be good to pick up another three points at Burnley after the good September that we had, picking up seven points out of 12.

"Itís a tough place to go, but I think we have got the quality to go there and get the three points."

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The Irish Under 21 international, who has appeared in six first team matches already this season - four times in the Premier League and twice in the Carabao Cup - also hopes he can maintain a spot in the match day squad, despite increased competition for places.

"Manu Lanzini came back in our last game against Swansea and played a part in the winner," added Rice. "He will be massive for us at Burnley.

"And with Nobes and Cheik available, and Pedro back from injury, I know there will be big competition for places but I hope to be named in the squad. Itíll be special to go back there and see the place where I made my debut again.

"At the start of the season I never would have expected to play as much as I have already, so I know my game-time is going to be limited with all the great players we have got in the squad. But Iím not one to sit back and Iím going to keep trying to get back in the team again."

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