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Re: Declan Rice

Postby sendô on Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:51 pm

Cracking game from him today.

That late interception on Lacazette on the 6 yard line was sublime.

He was all over breaking up play, and the goal was icing on the cake.

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Re: Declan Rice

Postby Robbie on Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:12 pm

Declan has done a few 'Bobby Moore Tackles' this season and he is like nothing I have seen in my lifetime watching West ham. He really is that good.
I am so pleased for him today and the interview with Mark afterwards left me with something in the eye.
The team should be built around him as others have said. He is that influential.
Arnie and the whatever shenanigans paled into nothing today as our boy showed what is more important.
Arnie can be replaced with ease and for good money. Declan Rice is irreplaceable.
He will be a West Ham legend.
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Re: Declan Rice

Postby Paddy O'Hammer on Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:33 pm

Paddy O'Hammer wrote:Oh god....this is just wonderful! Loving him even more..........

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h70iEyKck8c


steveyrockstar wrote:Whenever I watch an interview with him, I keep expecting an Irish accent :D


He has the look of a hardened Paddy alright. Over here in Dublin we'd call him "Dekkoh"
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Re: Declan Rice

Postby wolf359 on Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:40 pm

Play for England. Get 100 plus caps as captain and our second World Cup. Become a legend.
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Re: Declan Rice

Postby bubbles1966 on Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:44 pm

Moving him from CB to DM is the making of him.

His rate of progression has accelerated enormously.
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Re: Declan Rice

Postby Ludeksgloves on Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:58 pm

Please please please choose England. This kid is special.
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Re: Declan Rice

Postby HammerMan2004 on Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:00 am

bubbles1966 wrote:Moving him from CB to DM is the making of him.

His rate of progression has accelerated enormously.


A Bilic call if I remember correctly?
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Re: Declan Rice

Postby Hawaiian hammer on Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:25 am

At this stage he is a good chance to join Mervyn Day and Tony Cottee as a winner of the Young player of the year. Worth putting a few bob on.
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Re: Declan Rice

Postby DM on Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:40 am

wolf359 wrote:Play for England. Get 100 plus caps as captain and our second World Cup. Become a legend.


Good to see he still had the Ireland flag under him on the Sky line up!
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Re: Declan Rice

Postby Pob! on Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:37 am

We got Declan Rice
Super Declan Rice, I just don't think you understand
He's sharper than a knife he's West Ham for life,
We got we got Declan Rice.

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Re: Declan Rice

Postby WCpete on Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:20 am

If you’ve recorded the match, rewatch the final whistle. Declan damned near jumped out of the stadium with joy. It very much reminded me of Nobes when he scored his first.
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Re: Declan Rice

Postby Colours never run on Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:39 am

HammerMan2004 wrote:Moving him from CB to DM is the making of him.

His rate of progression has accelerated enormously.

A Bilic call if I remember correctly?


It was originally and I noticed it myself at a very early stage it was the right call because I felt playing CB was holding part of his game back. He was too good to just defend, he appeared to have something more by way of an expansive passing range, drive on the ball and dominating midfield which is the key battle of all. Control the midfield third, then you control games and win a lot of games which we have been doing. There were many who couldn't quite see it and felt he should be focusing on becoming a CB but I'm glad both Bilic and Pellegrini now resisted the temptation to do it. That's not to say he can't fill-in on occasions, he can and he will have the occasional error in him, which he just doesn't have in the middle. He's one of the rare ones who comfortable to have the play all around him and remain composed and his awareness to sniff out danger is very evident. The icing on the cake is he is very technically gifted too, where he can produce cultured first time finishes under pressure like he did in the box.
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Re: Declan Rice

Postby Ozza on Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:23 am

Some great vids / pics online of him celebrating last night in a pub
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Re: Declan Rice

Postby S-H on Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:28 am

Ozza wrote:Some great vids / pics online of him celebrating last night in a pub


Brilliant ain't it, mate.

Good on him.
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Re: Declan Rice

Postby -DL- on Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:29 am

HammerMan2004 wrote:
A Bilic call if I remember correctly?


Wasn't it Martin O'Neill sticking him there for RoI?
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Re: Declan Rice

Postby simon1982 on Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:39 am

It was Martin o’Neil
Along with John terry I’ve never seen someone who is so positionally aware which makes it look so easy for him. An absolute freak when it comes to the dirty stuff that most players like to avoid.
It’s a joy to watch him progress
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Re: Declan Rice

Postby Colours never run on Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:44 am

I first remember Bilic trying Declan Rice out as a DM in a friendly against Man City, so you can trace it back to as early as that moment when Bilic was first contemplating him as a DM and for me he stood out as being quality at it then. Think he brought him on in midfield away to Man Utd too early in the League.
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Re: Declan Rice

Postby ludo22 on Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:46 am

This boy is different gravy.If he was 26,we'd all be raving over him but he is 19.If he continues on this path,we are talking genuine world class.I haven't seen a West Ham player this good at that age including Ferdinand,Cole,Slater,Dickens.With all respect to Moore,Brooking,Bonds and Devonshire,this boy has the potential to be the best West Ham player ever.
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Re: Declan Rice

Postby HammerMan2004 on Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:45 am

Colours never run wrote:I first remember Bilic trying Declan Rice out as a DM in a friendly against Man City, so you can trace it back to as early as that moment when Bilic was first contemplating him as a DM and for me he stood out as being quality at it then. Think he brought him on in midfield away to Man Utd too early in the League.


Pretty sure I remember Bilic saying on whufc.com that DM worked well for young defenders like Rice as it protects them somewhat from mistakes leading to goals. That and Rice had the talent to do so.
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Re: Declan Rice

Postby S-H on Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:48 am

I bet Oxford looks at Rice, and has more than a few regrets about decisions he's made over the last 3 years.

Look at what you could've won..
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