West Ham boss David Moyes praises Declan Rice maturity

West Ham United manager David Moyes gestures during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Southampton at London Stadium on March 31, 2018 in London, England.

Declan Rice is playing well for West Ham United at the moment.

David Moyes manager of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on April 8, 2018 in London, England.

West Ham United manager David Moyes has praised Declan Rice in The London Evening Standard.

Moyes has stated that Rice, who can operate as a central defender or as a defensive midfielder, has shown a lot of maturity in his last two performances.

“I thought Declan Rice specifically, has shown much more maturity in his last two performances,” Moyes wrote in The London Evening Standard.

“He has come back from winning his first senior international cap with the Republic of Ireland with a lot of confidence and self-belief.”

David Moyes, Manager of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on April 8, 2018 in London, England.

Quality footballer

Rice is a very talented and promising young footballer who is playing well for West Ham at the moment.

The performances of the Republic of Ireland international in defence has been hugely encouraging, and there is also the fact that the teenager can play as a defensive midfielder as well.

Declan Rice of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on April 8, 2018 in London, England.

Although Rice is still very young and is developing, one should not be surprised if he establishes himself in the West Ham first team next season.

The 19-year-old, who is valued at €11.9 million (£10.29m) by CIES Football Observatory, should be included in the Hammers’ starting lineup against Stoke City at the London Stadium in the Premier League this evening.

Both West Ham and Stoke are struggling for survival in the Premier League at the moment.

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