One West Ham United teenager has been talking about another.
Rice was part of the side that defeated their Aston Villa counterparts 2-1 on Saturday courtesy of an own-goal and a strike from substitute Jahmal Hector-Ingram.
The 16-year-old centre forward came off the bench to net the winner and after the game Rice was quick to praise his teammate.
“We brought on Jahmal and he really was a threat up front and managed to score the winner for us,” Rice said.
Hector-Ingram has played three matches for West Ham’s under-21 side to date but he is yet to get on the score-sheet at that level. However, he and Rice will be targeting a regular step-up in due course and more performances like Saturday’s will do them no harm at all.
Rice is a 16-year-old midfielder who has only featured at the higher level once, although speaking to whufc.com he said, “Hopefully, after Christmas, if I can keep performing well, I might be able to get a few more Development Squad games under my belt.”
West Ham have a number of exciting young players coming through their ranks right now but for all of them, including Rice and Hector-Ingram, it is going to be a long hard climb to the top.