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Declan Rice (Midfielder)

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Declan Rice

London, England
Squad Number: 41
Position: Midfielder
Born: 14th Jan 1999 (London, England)
Signed: 1st Jun 2016 (£0)
Contract: 5 years (signed December 2018)
Previous Club: Chelsea

 

vs Chelsea

3-2: Saturday, 4th December
(Played 90 minutes)

First clear mistake of the season for a goal, a sloppy pass that Chelsea countered on for the second goal. But was otherwise fantastic, and worth noting his late cameo in the back five also saw him covering a lot of runs and keeping the defence under control and calm.

vs Brighton & Hove Albion

1-1: Wednesday, 1st December
(Played 90 minutes)

He is at another level. Deserved a goal, deserved an assist, deserved to win that game. Arguably the best in attack, midfield and defence today. Just phenomenal.

vs Manchester City

1-2: Saturday, 27th November
(Played 90 minutes)

A reasonably good performance, although he is right to be frustrated that his dart into the box produced nothing. He had the time and space to do it, but lost it due to his own hesitancy. Won the ball well, passed with accuracy, his underlying stats were again impressive.

vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

0-1: Saturday, 20th November
(Played 90 minutes)

There were periods in the first half where he was winning the ball back in both halves in a way that saved the blushes of those around him. He was the only resistance in a poor performance. He did it on the front foot, but with little back up from the attacking players, and made vital challenges in front of the defence too. But the more and more Wolves managed to stretch the rest of the side and then put an extra man into midfield, there was too much for him to do. He led the attacks too, trying to lift a side that was flat, and really it was a performance where he was let down by how bad others were playing. A reminder that his poorer performances are a lot better than others.

vs Liverpool

3-2: Saturday, 6th November
(Played 90 minutes)

Unlucky to give away the foul for the freekick goal - Salah flops on any contact - but was fantastic. 10 recoveries, 6 duels won, a few of his now trademark slaloming runs to relieve pressure and start counters. Our midfield was better than theirs.

vs Genk

2-2: Thursday, 4th November
(Played 90 minutes)

One of his weaker showings since he made his name. Couldn't settle into play and walked a fine line after his booking, making a few fouls that drew attention to him, especially ones where he tried to get the ball from behind his man. Looked livelier once Soucek came on and his driving runs did nearly force a goal.

vs Aston Villa

4-1: Sunday, 31st October
(Played 90 minutes)

The boy is good, so very good. The goal maybe should have been stopped, but the accuracy is excellent. He spread the ball wide for Johnson?EUR(TM)s goal, forced a good save from a freekick. And that?EUR(TM)s before the generally fantastic midfield work.

vs Tottenham Hotspur

1-0: Sunday, 24th October
(Played 90 minutes)

The deeper role in the pair makes his game a little quieter, but he has been very good these last two games in the league. 8 tackles may not seem incredible, but it really is, whilst his passing was exceptional short and long. The dribbling in the second half got moves got, got the team going and relieved pressure too. An exceptional talent. Man of the match.

vs KRC Genk

3-0: Thursday, 21st October
(Played 90 minutes)

Two misplaced passes in 75, cutting out a few moves that could have been dangerous breaks and some good passing forward that broke the lines. Nothing spectacular, but a controlled performance in midfield was built on he and his partner.

vs Everton

1-0: Sunday, 17th October
(Played 90 minutes)

What a performance. Arguably faultless, probably only not a perfect game because he?EUR(TM)s got levels none of the rest have. I would not argue anyone who gave him a 10, such was his control in the middle and his intelligent football, but he has been better and let the game slip a little in the middle 30 minutes.

vs Brentford

1-2: Sunday, 3rd October
(Played 90 minutes)

With Soucek off the pace and Brentford playing with an extra man in the middle, the midfield was poor in the first half. There were times in the second half too where Brentford walked through it with ease. Rice dominated the second half, whilst he made one excellent tackle high up the field in the first half that led to a chance. Let down a little by the energy of the players ahead of him late on, which the manager must take some blame for.

vs Rapid Vienna

2-0: Thursday, 30th September
(Played 90 minutes)

Would be 9, but he too allowed his game to slow down and his foot came off the gas. But he was excellent in the first half and quietly did a lot of effective defensive work. Unlucky not have two goals.

vs Leeds United

2-1: Saturday, 25th September
(Played 90 minutes)

Outnumbered in central midfield by a tireless team, it was a hard ask for Dec. He grew into it and, as others tired, took more control. The run and pass for Antonio were excellent.

vs Manchester United

1-2: Sunday, 19th September
(Played 90 minutes)

As ever, he kept the ball well and got the side out of trouble with his running, but he was quiet defensively and didn?EUR(TM)t seem to disrupt the play and turn defence to attack today. He was disciplined, rather than one forward run, but a fitter and sharper Dec probably gets close to Lingard before he shoots and supports Zouma.

vs Dinamo Zagreb

2-0: Thursday, 16th September
(Played 90 minutes)

The boy is a special, special talent. Every other week he seems to have improved another part of his game. 3 shots, a goal after an interception and 60 yard dribble, one misplaced pass of 54. He was good enough to have played in that midfield alone today, so much better was he than his opponents. Exceptional.

vs Southampton

0-0: Saturday, 11th September
(Played 90 minutes)

The only player in a West Ham shirt who can be happy with his performance. He stops so many attacks just as they look to be developing, let alone the ones he stops at vital moments. Notable again today that a busy and quick midfielder pushed onto him does limit his passing, both today and with Gallagher previously.

vs Crystal Palace

2-2: Saturday, 28th August
(Played 90 minutes)

Glimpses of his best, but the extra man in the Palace midfield, and a constant need to support anyone defending against Zaha, meant he and Soucek were limited in what they could do.

vs Leicester City

4-1: Monday, 23rd August
(Played 90 minutes)

It won?EUR(TM)t go as noticed as the attacking dominance, but Rice moved through that game like a special player. Controlled the midfield, making the most passes of any West Ham player. Has only misplaced two passes in the two games this season. He passed forward well too, which Gary Neville could do with noticing in his lazy analysis. Two crosses were very good, especially on his supposed weaker foot, and it was a deserved assist. The interception from Vardy was crucial in the first goal.

vs Newcastle United

4-2: Sunday, 15th August
(Played 90 minutes)

5/10 first half combines with a much better 8/10 in the second. He looked off the pace in the opening 45, maybe too wary of Saint-Maximin to play his own game. But in the second, he was not only more aggressive in winning the ball, he soon realised he had the beating of their midfield when on the ball.

vs Southampton

3-0: Sunday, 23rd May
(Played 90 minutes)

When the game was not end-to-end, Southampton?EUR(TM)s midfield couldn?EUR(TM)t really do anything to stop Rice. Some early tackles laid the groundwork for a comfortable display, rounded off with a very well taken goal. Looks to have got his sharpness back at a good time for his summer.

vs West Bromwich Albion

3-1: Wednesday, 19th May
(Played 90 minutes)

Dec made some good runs in the second half, but he looks a little unfit. These games are ideal for him in terms of the summer, but he isn?EUR(TM)t his sharpest yet. The penalty was a little unlucky, but then it?EUR(TM)s a penalty, it?EUR(TM)s a big target from not far out.

vs Brighton & Hove Albion

1-1: Saturday, 15th May
(Played 90 minutes)

Not at his best, but made tackles and interceptions in this game that no other West Ham player would or could. Not as influential going forward as he has been this season and he tired as the game went on.

vs Arsenal

3-3: Saturday, 20th March
(Played 90 minutes)

Didn?EUR(TM)t dominate like he can and as Arsenal profited from pockets between defence and midfield, Dec didn?EUR(TM)t stamp on it and stop it. To be the world class defensive midfielder he can be, he will need to learn how.

vs Manchester United

0-1: Sunday, 14th March
(Played 90 minutes)

His attacking game was off, his radar in the final third not working, but he did a good job defensively, especially in the last half hour as we tried to open up. Retrieving the ball, winning it back and positioning to shield the defence allowed us to push on.

vs Leeds United

2-0: Monday, 8th March
(Played 90 minutes)

A poor start was soon forgotten as Dec showed his class against a midfield nowhere near his level. Showed his defensive ability before getting into the box-to-box style that is balancing really well with the pair in the middle. His freekicks still need a lot of work, and probably a word from an experienced player.

vs Manchester City

1-2: Saturday, 27th February
(Played 90 minutes)

His first half was stronger, showing himself very capable of living with the world class players around him, and disrupting them too. He never really made a mark in the attacking play, understandable against the opponents but still frustrating.

vs Tottenham Hotspur

2-1: Saturday, 20th February
(Played 90 minutes)

Made a mockery of comparisons between himself and Hojbjerg. Excellent defensively, including the sliding lunge that saved a definite goal, and had the energy in the second half to try drive the team out and forward. In a game where his side struggled to keep the ball, his passing was still good and he kept the side ticking.

vs Sheffield United

3-0: Monday, 15th February
(Played 90 minutes)

A quiet game in terms of controlling the midfield, possibly less emphasis on him to break forward with Lanzini taking that responsibility. Took the penalty well, although his freekicks never look particularly dangerous. The system protected Soucek and Rice and their workload.

vs Manchester United

0-1: Tuesday, 9th February
(Played 120 minutes)

That heavy touch is being focused on, but it was extra time, Rice has played every minute in the league and the squad had been decimated by injury. He was excellent defensively, a little bit too leggy to make many darting runs and it is madness to think we have so few central midfielders at the club but could play four full backs in this game, with another one injured.

vs Fulham

0-0: Saturday, 6th February
(Played 90 minutes)

It was a steady performance in a game where their midfield outnumbered ours, but a last minute interception in the box stopped Fulham from having one last, and very good opportunity. Tried to make things happen on the ball, and found a wilting forward line not up to task.

vs Aston Villa

3-1: Wednesday, 3rd February
(Played 90 minutes)

As Villa played left, left again and left again to get the ball to Grealish, Rice had less of his work in front of the defence to do, what with two right backs happy to defend down that side. Just comfortably did his job and supported the attacking players well.

vs Liverpool

1-3: Sunday, 31st January
(Played 90 minutes)

His passing range was all over the place, and it could be argued he set the tone with consistently rushed and poor passing.

vs Crystal Palace

3-2: Tuesday, 26th January
(Played 90 minutes)

Declan did the forward running in the second half as Soucek sat deeper, taking the ball on and dribbling upfield well. Clean and tidy in front of the defence, including one excellent challenge on Zaha when he looked like he?EUR(TM)d peeled away. For other players, his performance would constitute something really good. For Declan, this is bare minimum.

vs West Bromwich Albion

2-1: Tuesday, 19th January
(Played 90 minutes)

Very little for him to clear up defensively as the midfield was often bypassed. Good to see him driving at goal and shooting, it offers a different threat, but he does need to calm down a touch. Accurate on the ball, as ever, but merely untested in his defensive duties.

vs Burnley

1-0: Saturday, 16th January
(Played 90 minutes)

Whilst Soucek was the busier defensively, Rice did his work efficiently and was charged with more playmaking. He played well, his long range passing accurate and smart, and he often launched and supported good counter attacks.

vs Stockport County

1-0: Monday, 11th January
(Played 90 minutes)

Not his best opening 45, he didn't acclimatise to conditions, but in the second he came out with a bit more purpose and then made sure he was there in defence when needed.

vs Everton

1-0: Friday, 1st January
(Played 90 minutes)

On the ball a lot less today, less driving runs through the middle too, but he seemed to comfortably slot in behind Soucek and let his midfield partner press forward. His defensive work came to the fore, excellent one-vs-one and a great shield in front of the defence.

vs Southampton

0-0: Tuesday, 29th December
(Played 90 minutes)

Declan, as ever, never put a foot wrong and adding dangerous freekick crosses to his game is another string to the bow of arguably the most rounded midfielder in the league.

vs Brighton & Hove Albion

2-2: Saturday, 26th December
(Played 90 minutes)

Evidence from this season would suggest that the progress Rice has made as an all-round midfielder is immediately limited when Noble plays. He should have done better for the first goal, even if he deserves credit for the initial awareness to intercept, and he failed to influence from the middle when the side needed his attacking ability.

vs Chelsea

0-3: Monday, 21st December
(Played 90 minutes)

Couldn't say he did anything wrong, there were moments in the game where he shone, but it was definitely a quieter one for him and he seemed a little restricted by the spaces Noble took up.

vs Crystal Palace

1-1: Tuesday, 15th December
(Played 90 minutes)

Took a lot of responsibility on the ball as well as defending in front of the defence very well, especially as he often made dispossessing Zaha look easy. Brought the ball out from defence on the run, made considerably more passes than any other West Ham player and hit a lovely long-range effort too.

vs Leeds United

2-1: Friday, 11th December
(Played 90 minutes)

Imperious in the middle. Did his usual in the second half, growing more confident to step forward and launch attacks. He just does the simple things very well and the necessary work in the middle like its second nature.

vs Manchester United

1-3: Saturday, 5th December
(Played 90 minutes)

Good first half, let down by others around him in the second half, seemingly the only one who could get near the best of Manchester United. There is a tackle on Rashford in there, the forward in full flow going at the defence, which is worth watching the whole game for. It was fantastic. But the middle of the park was also exposed and he disappeared as a forward-thinking midfielder as the game went on.

vs Aston Villa

2-1: Saturday, 28th November
(Played 90 minutes)

Sloppier and the focus on Grealish often meant there were gaps in the middle that Rice wouldn't usually allow to exist. Not as good on the ball as usual and the penalty foul was daft even if minimal.

vs Sheffield United

1-0: Sunday, 22nd November
(Played 90 minutes)

It will go unnoticed outside of West Ham, call it the England factor, but Rice was fantastic today, smart in positions and nicking the ball in areas where Sheffield United felt they were building something. It was a great afternoon to watch him play, his passing more adventurous than with England and he roamed to support attacks really well, including that header that hit the bar. In these games, he looks almost the total midfielder, making the most passes in the game, ruining their attacks and starting West Ham's.

vs Fulham

1-0: Saturday, 7th November
(Played 90 minutes)

Couldn?EUR(TM)t handle Lookman?EUR(TM)s dribbling or those passes as mentioned above. Sloppy today.

vs Liverpool

1-2: Saturday, 31st October
(Played 90 minutes)

Blocked and defended well, intercepting and dispossessing in the middle. Couple of fouls when beaten on the turn, but he was probably happy to make them and the booking, his first of the season, was the kind he knows he will occasionally have to pick up to stop an attack.

vs Manchester City

1-1: Saturday, 24th October
(Played 90 minutes)

Excellent today. Dispossessing in dangerous areas, pushing forward rarely, but his composure on the ball in tough areas was incredible against a team of such quality and with pressure to hold on. Physically strong, mentally sharp.

vs Tottenham Hotspur

3-3: Sunday, 18th October
(Played 90 minutes)

Better second half, but him and Soucek being in the middle against three, supplemented by the positions Kane took up, made it a very uphill struggle. Will be livid to be nutmegged by Kane leading to a goal. Not as good on the ball as usual, probably due to the numbers centrally.

vs Leicester City

3-0: Sunday, 4th October
(Played 90 minutes)

Excellent in front of the defence, but today it was his ability to play good football in tight areas in his own half that shone. The third goal is all down to how smart and composed he is under pressure to start a counter. Deserved a goal when dribbling from his own half and hitting the bar.

vs Newcastle United

0-2: Saturday, 12th September
(Played 90 minutes)

Worst West Ham performance. Lazy passing under no pressure and dangerously sloppy a few times when caught.

Aston Villa

1-1: Sunday, 26th July

Some of his passing was a lower standard than he holds, whilst his shooting was erratic and a little selfish.

Manchester United

1-1: Wednesday, 22nd July

The best player on the park. Dominated midfield both forward and back. The confidence in his game is helping him to control the centre of the park from top to bottom, including getting shots in from outside the box and adding more threat to his passing range.

Watford

3-1: Friday, 17th July

The goal that surely confirms he cannot be moved back to being a defender. Sweetly struck as it was, his importance on the second should not be forgotten as his drive from deep into the Watford area created what was to come. A wonderful footballer who is getting better and better with every game.

Norwich City

4-0: Saturday, 11th July

Showed off his passing range and had an easy time in midfield, where no Norwich player is on his level.

Burnley

0-1: Wednesday, 8th July

He tried, putting in some dangerous crosses and making an effort to push the midfield on, but as he and the side tired, there was just nothing left.

Newcastle United

0-0: Saturday, 4th July

Not involved to any great degree but made several decent interceptions and kept it simple.

Chelsea

3-2: Wednesday, 1st July

A future West Ham captain, it has been said. He was great in the role today, vocal on the pitch but also leading by example. The foul for the freekick that Willian scored was the only blot on an otherwise excellent performance at both ends of the pitch.

Tottenham Hotspur

0-2: Tuesday, 23rd June

His passing was a step above anyone else and he again looked frustrated by just how inept the players were around him. The best defender and arguably the best attacker in the team. There’s something similar to Joe Cole in the Roeder year about him, a player who deserves to be freed of the weight on his shoulders.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

0-2: Saturday, 20th June

Comfortable in the centre of defence. Hard to see he did anything wrong, hard to really think of much he did at all, which isn’t bad as it shows a level of control.

Arsenal

0-1: Saturday, 7th March

Not involved to any great degree but made several decent interceptions and kept it simple.

Southampton

3-1: Saturday, 29th February

A little more restrained today, holding a deeper position alongside Noble. Bossed the Southampton central players, although a concern that he and Noble let Southampton outnumber Cresswell so drastically for their goal.

Liverpool

2-3: Monday, 24th February

Not involved to any great degree but made several decent interceptions and kept it simple.

Manchester City

0-2: Wednesday, 19th February

The one bit of mild relief, making runs forward and actually showing the ability to compete with his opponents, but it wasn’t a good game for him either.

Brighton & Hove Albion

3-3: Saturday, 1st February

A good first half defensively, some bright passing in the second half. A sign that Soucek helped the midfield balance is that Rice wasn’t having to do everything. However, he also couldn’t get any control in there when the game turned desperate.

Liverpool

0-2: Wednesday, 29th January

Probably West Ham’s best player. His defensive performance was strong without being spectacular, but it was his attacking effort that caught the eye. His drive from midfield and powerful shot was unlike anything our midfield has offered this season, an energy that is missing and the kind of thing we need to survive. His header deserved a goal too, but Alisson was exceptional in his save.

West Bromwich Albion

0-1: Saturday, 25th January

Solid if unspectacular and a bonus mark for applauding the home fans too, which was well appreciated by the Gills fans.

Leicester City

1-4: Wednesday, 22nd January

Not involved to any great degree but made several decent interceptions and kept it simple.

Everton

1-1: Saturday, 18th January

Not involved to any great degree but made several decent interceptions and kept it simple.

Sheffield United

0-1: Friday, 10th January

Robbed of an assist, but his radar was back with his passing and he was good defensively in the middle. Added energy, is showing his game can evolve to see him playing slightly more box-to-box, but he shouldn’t have to be that man and the best defensive player too. Needs a new signing alongside him.

Gillingham

2-0: Sunday, 5th January

Solid if unspectacular and a bonus mark for applauding the home fans too, which was well appreciated by the Gills fans.

Bournemouth

4-0: Wednesday, 1st January

Not involved to any great degree but made several decent interceptions and kept it simple.

Leicester City

1-2: Saturday, 28th December

Not involved to any great degree but made several decent interceptions and kept it simple.

Crystal Palace

1-2: Thursday, 26th December

Not involved to any great degree but made several decent interceptions and kept it simple.

Southampton

1-0: Saturday, 14th December

Stuck to his role and stayed discipline. Was stronger aerially than he has been this season. Passing accuracy of 55% is almost unheard of for Declan, but could be attributed to a slightly different role and a more direct approach to play.

Arsenal

1-3: Saturday, 7th December

A few decent defensive moments, covering Balbuena and Noble mistakes in particular, but lost in a midfield that is substandard around him.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

0-2: Wednesday, 4th December

A couple wayward passes early, but played as a one-man midfield. Did the forward running, progressive passing and defensive work. Looks to have regained some confidence.

Chelsea

1-0: Saturday, 30th November

Not involved to any great degree but made several decent interceptions and kept it simple.

Tottenham Hotspur

2-3: Saturday, 23rd November

Not involved to any great degree but made several decent interceptions and kept it simple.

Burnley

0-3: Saturday, 9th November

Not involved to any great degree but made several decent interceptions and kept it simple.

Newcastle United

2-3: Saturday, 2nd November

His worst game in a West Ham shirt, including the duck against Arsenal. Made sloppy errors and had no answer to the breakaway pace.

Sheffield United

1-1: Saturday, 26th October

Put out a lot of fires in the middle, covering a lot of ground. Looked more like himself. Drove forward a few times with the ball, meaning he’s now doing the defensive and attacking work.

Everton

0-2: Saturday, 19th October

Not involved to any great degree but made several decent interceptions and kept it simple.

Crystal Palace

1-2: Saturday, 5th October

Had some good first half moments, one of too few alive to Palace’s threat, then got lost in the second half with the penalty mistake.

Bournemouth

2-2: Saturday, 28th September

Six interceptions within 18 ball recoveries, 93 per cent passing accuracy, three tackles, passed forward well and took the ball out of deep midfield with dribbles too.

Manchester United

2-0: Sunday, 22nd September

Frankly, it was too easy a game for Rice to really need to flourish, but that tackle on Rashford was really fantastic positional play and defensive awareness. Otherwise, Man United wanted to get the ball through midfield very quick and away from Rice. Doesn’t give the ball away.

Aston Villa

0-0: Monday, 16th September

Another who was calmly and quietly doing his work until the red. Stepped up from there and nullified Villa.

Norwich City

2-0: Saturday, 31st August

Comfortably went about his work. A few fouls in there that were actually nice to see, a little bit imposing and done in the right areas.

Newport County

2-0: Tuesday, 27th August

Did not play.

Watford

3-1: Saturday, 24th August

His defensive display was good, winning battles often and taking the ball out of deep midfield with comfort. A few loose passes in there.

Brighton & Hove Albion

1-1: Saturday, 17th August

Quiet. Arguable that having an ever changing line of midfield partners isn’t helping him.

Manchester City

0-5: Saturday, 10th August

There were some tackles in there that were excellent. But this was also a game where he made sloppy mistakes on the ball, the kind of passes and errors that a top side would look down upon. That these were notable, in a game where he still managed 91% pass accuracy, either suggests they were aberrations or the standards he’s set have him then judged harshly.

Athletico Bilbao

2-2: Saturday, 3rd August

Not involved to any great degree, but put in some timely challenges today.

Hertha Berlin

5-3: Wednesday, 31st July

Neat and tidy, picked out some good passes. Appears to struggle a little without Mark Noble alongside him.

Fulham

1-0: Saturday, 27th July

Match notes to follow.

Newcastle United

0-1: Saturday, 20th July

Not involved to any great degree once again, as per the Man City test earlier in the week, but made a couple of vital interceptions.

Manchester City

1-4: Wednesday, 17th July

Not involved to any great degree but made several decent interceptions and kept it simple.

Watford

4-1: Sunday, 12th May

A quieter game for Declan, not that he did much of anything wrong. Had a truly incredible season.

Southampton

3-0: Saturday, 4th May

Not a glittering performance in the Rice repertoire, although one moment where he stepped forward, intercepted a pass then sprayed a ball wide to Anderson without a moment’s hesitation was glorious. Forward passing is improving.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-0: Saturday, 27th April

Not a glittering performance in the Rice repertoire, although one moment where he stepped forward, intercepted a pass then sprayed a ball wide to Anderson without a moment’s hesitation was glorious. Forward passing is improving.

Leicester City

2-2: Saturday, 20th April

Leicester overran him midway through the second half, but he was doing a decent job in there.

Manchester United

1-2: Saturday, 13th April

Not a glittering performance in the Rice repertoire, although one moment where he stepped forward, intercepted a pass then sprayed a ball wide to Anderson without a moment’s hesitation was glorious. Forward passing is improving.

Chelsea

0-2: Monday, 8th April

One of his poorer games. Loftus-Cheek, Hazard and Kante brushed past him on multiple occasions, and he didn’t clear up as much because of it. Passed well in the second half, including a glorious volley across the pitch, but his performance nowhere near the high standards he has set.

Everton

0-2: Saturday, 30th March

Even in a game where he isn’t near his best, he makes so many fantastic challenges and interceptions. Not just easy ones, but ones that he has no right to win.

Huddersfield Town

4-3: Saturday, 16th March

Not near his best, with some uncharacteristically sloppy passing at times.

Cardiff City

0-2: Saturday, 9th March

Moments in the second half where he seemed exasperated by how bad his teammates were. Made some good challenges, struck the post, but not at his best.

Cardiff City

0-2: Saturday, 9th March

The 20-year-old surprisingly came closest to scoring. He could have perhaps done more to lift West Ham’s poor performance.

Newcastle Utd

2-0: Saturday, 2nd March

If it was a chance to compare youngsters Rice and Longstaff, Declan won every round. Passed forward excellently, broke up passages of play in the middle, headed in the first goal.

Manchester City

0-1: Wednesday, 27th February

Not a glittering performance in the Rice repertoire, although one moment where he stepped forward, intercepted a pass then sprayed a ball wide to Anderson without a moment’s hesitation was glorious. Forward passing is improving.

Fulham

3-1: Friday, 22nd February

6 tackles, 3 interceptions, again showing why Pellegrini (and all West Ham fans) calls him the best English holding midfielder. Although a little slow to start, he imposed himself as time went on.

Crystal Palace

1-1: Saturday, 9th February

Very quiet and didn’t seem to keep up with the pace of the game.

Crystal Palace

1-1: Saturday, 9th February

Other than a few forward surges, a very low key contribution. Palace wanted to use the pace out wide and led to little for Rice to patrol centrally.

Liverpool

1-1: Monday, 4th February

Making the difficult look simple, his 8 tackles, 2 interceptions, 27 passes and growing ability to play forward were all evident.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

0-3: Tuesday, 29th January

A couple interceptions, but Jota was able to play in between midfield and defence far too easily and Rice is usually patrolling in there.

AFC Wimbledon

2-4: Saturday, 26th January

Did not play.

Bournemouth

0-2: Saturday, 19th January

Arsenal

1-0: Saturday, 12th January

Birmingham City

2-0: Saturday, 5th January

Neat, calm, controlled. Can be seen across the width of West Ham’s half making interceptions and winning the ball.

Brighton & Hove Albion

2-2: Wednesday, 2nd January

Burnley

0-2: Sunday, 30th December

Southampton

2-1: Thursday, 27th December

Watford

0-2: Saturday, 22nd December

Fulham

2-0: Saturday, 15th December

Crystal Palace

3-2: Saturday, 8th December

Comfortable and controlled, his recent displays have involved more marches forward. So assured for someone so young, the sky's the limit.

Cardiff City

3-1: Tuesday, 4th December

Newcastle United

3-0: Saturday, 1st December

Always effective, minimum of fuss, one of the first names on the teamsheet.

Manchester City

0-4: Saturday, 24th November

Often tidying up for others, didn’t look out of place on or off the ball. He looked more suited to as side as good as theirs than a side like us.

Huddersfield Town

1-1: Saturday, 10th November

Given little chance to shine today due to the close and urgent attention of Huddersfield's midfield.

Burnley

4-2: Saturday, 3rd November

Maturing with every week - but still without a new contract.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-3: Wednesday, 31st October

Leicester City

1-1: Saturday, 27th October

Started well but was forced to exert greater influence once Mark Noble foolishly saw red. And he did, with aplomb.

Tottenham Hotspur

0-1: Saturday, 20th October

Brighton & Hove Albion

0-1: Friday, 5th October

Manchester United

3-1: Saturday, 29th September

Another superb effort from the young Irish (as things stand) international. Made a number of important and timely interceptions whilst picking out some great passes.

Macclesfield Town

8-0: Wednesday, 26th September

Did not play.

Chelsea

0-0: Sunday, 23rd September

His best performance in central midfield since being re-utilised there. Some great interceptions and passing to boot.

Everton

3-1: Sunday, 16th September

Did not play.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

0-1: Saturday, 1st September

Did not play.

AFC Wimbledon

3-1: Tuesday, 28th August

Grooming the teenager as a future defensive midfieder will take time - and on reflection, Pellegrini may well agree that today probably wasn't the best occasion on which to gain experience.

Liverpool

0-4: Sunday, 12th August

Grooming the teenager as a future defensive midfieder will take time - and on reflection, Pellegrini may well agree that today probably wasn't the best occasion on which to gain experience.

Everton

3-1: Sunday, 13th May

Comments to follow.

Manchester United

0-0: Thursday, 10th May

Comments to follow.

Leicester City

2-0: Saturday, 5th May

Comments to follow.

Manchester City

1-4: Sunday, 29th April

Comments to follow.

Arsenal

1-4: Sunday, 22nd April

Comments to follow.

Stoke City

1-1: Monday, 16th April

Comments to follow.

Chelsea

1-1: Sunday, 8th April

Comments to follow.

Southampton

3-0: Saturday, 31st March

(Replaced Arnautovic) Saw the game out for a little more first team experience.

Burnley

0-3: Saturday, 10th March

(Replaced Arnautovic) Saw the game out for a little more first team experience.

Swansea City

1-4: Saturday, 3rd March

(Replaced Arnautovic) Saw the game out for a little more first team experience.

Liverpool

1-4: Saturday, 24th February

(Replaced Arnautovic) Saw the game out for a little more first team experience.

Watford

2-0: Saturday, 10th February

(Replaced Arnautovic) Saw the game out for a little more first team experience.

Brighton & Hove Albion

1-3: Saturday, 3rd February

Held the line well but was far from his best.

Brighton & Hove Albion

1-3: Saturday, 3rd February

Held the line well but was far from his best.

Crystal Palace

1-1: Tuesday, 30th January

Comments to follow.

Bournemouth

1-1: Saturday, 20th January

(Replaced Kouyate) Filled in for Cresswell nicely in the last few minutes making a couple of good tackles and clearances.

Shrewsbury Town

1-0: Tuesday, 16th January

An incredibly mature performance from the youngster. His decision-making was spot on and produced numerous crucial blocks and accurate tackles.

Huddersfield Town

4-1: Saturday, 13th January

(Replaced Lanzini) More valubale match minutes and experience for young Declan.

Shrewsbury Town

0-0: Sunday, 7th January

Comments to follow.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-1: Thursday, 4th January

An incredibly mature performance from the youngster. His decision-making was spot on and produced numerous crucial blocks and accurate tackles.

West Bromwich Albion

2-1: Tuesday, 2nd January

(Replaced Cresswell) Put in a brilliant shift. Made some very important tackles, provided excellent cover for Arnautovic and was very good himself when going forward not afraid to take on a player.

Bournemouth

3-3: Tuesday, 26th December

Very decent in defence, not at all carried away by the occasion. Already a very mature player.

Arsenal

0-1: Tuesday, 19th December

Comments to follow.

Stoke City

3-0: Saturday, 16th December

(Replaced Noble) Comments to follow.

Arsenal

0-0: Wednesday, 13th December

Did not play.

Chelsea

1-0: Saturday, 9th December

Did not play.

Manchester City

1-2: Sunday, 3rd December

Comments to follow.

Everton

0-4: Wednesday, 29th November

(Replaced Reid) Comments to follow.

Leicester City

1-1: Friday, 24th November

Did not play.

Watford

0-2: Sunday, 19th November

Did not play.

Liverpool

1-4: Saturday, 4th November

Did not play.

Tottenham Hotspur

3-2: Wednesday, 25th October

Comments to follow.

Swansea City

1-0: Saturday, 30th September

Injured during warm-up.

Tottenham Hotspur

2-3: Saturday, 23rd September

Injured during warm-up.

Bolton Wanderers

3-0: Tuesday, 19th September

Comments to follow.

West Bromwich Albion

0-0: Saturday, 16th September

Injured during warm-up.

West Bromwich Albion

0-0: Saturday, 16th September

Injured during warm-up.

Huddersfield Town

2-0: Monday, 11th September

Barely featured.

Newcastle United

0-3: Saturday, 26th August

Comments to follow.

Cheltenham Town

2-0: Wednesday, 23rd August

Another consistent performance from the academy starlet. Always asking for the ball, tracking back and coming out on top in crucial duels. A great shout for Man of the Match.

Southampton

2-3: Saturday, 19th August

A few stray passes early on but settled down to have a decent game.

Manchester United

0-4: Sunday, 13th August

(Replaced Noble)

Manchester City

0-3: Friday, 4th August

(Replaced Obiang) A shing light in yesterday's 1-0 defeat, he enjoyed a decent cameo here too.

Altona 93

3-3: Tuesday, 1st August

(Replaced Obiang) A shing light in yesterday's 1-0 defeat, he enjoyed a decent cameo here too.

Werder Bremen

2-2: Saturday, 29th July

(Replaced Obiang) A shing light in yesterday's 1-0 defeat, he enjoyed a decent cameo here too.

Werder Bremen

0-1: Friday, 28th July

Rice continues to impress - one of just three players to last the full 90 minutes.

Fulham

2-1: Thursday, 20th July

Replaced at half time by Reece Burke.

Burnley

2-1: Sunday, 21st May

(Replaced Fernandes) A couple of good touches in a brief cameo. Hopefully first of many for the lad.

Burnley

2-1: Sunday, 21st May

(Replaced Fernandes) Ended an excellent season on loan with his first team Hammers debut.

Liverpool

0-4: Sunday, 14th May

Did not play.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-0: Friday, 5th May

Did not play.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-0: Friday, 5th May

Did not play.
Declan Rice did not play for West Ham during this season.

Declan Rice did not play for West Ham during this season.

Declan Rice did not play for West Ham during this season.

Declan Rice did not play for West Ham during this season.

Declan Rice did not play for West Ham during this season.

Declan Rice did not play for West Ham during this season.

Declan Rice did not play for West Ham during this season.

Declan Rice did not play for West Ham during this season.

Declan Rice did not play for West Ham during this season.

Declan Rice did not play for West Ham during this season.

Declan Rice did not play for West Ham during this season.

Declan Rice did not play for West Ham during this season.

Declan Rice did not play for West Ham during this season.

Declan Rice did not play for West Ham during this season.

Declan Rice did not play for West Ham during this season.

Declan Rice did not play for West Ham during this season.