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Leave the kid alone

Filed: Monday, 23rd April 2018
By: Staff Writer

David Moyes has been told to "shut it" by Hammers fans after he laid into Declan Rice following yesterday's 4-1 defeat at Arsenal.

The 19-year-old rookie, who has featured extensively in the first team since West Ham sold established central defender Jose Fonte to Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang and lost Winston Reid to injury was hung out to dry by an angry Moyes following Sunday afternoon's capitulation.

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However the decision to criticise the young Irish international seems to have backfired on Moyes, who has since been slammed by supporters for his stance.

"To take a shot at Rice like that was bad darts," wrote KUMB member Graza. "A proper manager would say we were in it for 80 minutes, the young lad has a lot to learn and he's made a simple but costly mistake."

And disappointment with Moyes' comments was echoed across social media. "Just seen David Moyes threw Declan Rice under the bus over his mistake yesterday saying 'he needs to learn quickly'," wrote Shane Flynn on twitter.

"Using a 19-year-old defender as a scapegoat for West Ham's sperformance yesterday is a bit harsh considering he's one of the few good players at the club."

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Thoughts echoed by Gabriel Cancello, who added: "Moyes digging out Rice is like shouting at the dog because he didnít do the washing up while you were out. It makes no sense, doesnít do either party any good and ultimately youíre the one that ends up looking foolish."

What do you think? Was Moyes right to criticise Rice publicly? Share your thoughts in the comments section below or via the KUMB Forum.

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