Can Reid injury see the passing of the torch to Rice at West Ham?

Leroy Sane of Manchester City is challenged by Declan Rice of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester City at London Stadium on April 29,...

Can West Ham defender Declan Rice benefit from the latest Winston Reid injury news?

Declan Rice of West Ham United runs with the ball under pressure from Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at...

West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has several options at centre-back going into next season and it will be intriguing to see who he opts with in the starting XI.

The Hammers used a back three for large spells in the last campaign and it is unclear whether or not the new boss will stick to that.

West Ham have been dealt an injury blow at the back, as powerhouse defender Winston Reid will be sidelined for at least three months, it has been confirmed.

That will open the door for his rivals and players will hope to make a lasting impression on Pellegrini to cement their places in the side.

One rising star that should be ready to force his way into the team is Declan Rice, who proved he is a major talent when he played in the first-team last season.

He can definitely take over from Reid in terms of being a consistent figure in the defence over time and Pellegrini could be the perfect mentor to get the best out of him.

Joseph Willock of Arsenal evades Declan Rice of West Ham United during the Carabao Cup Quarter-Final match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on December 19, 2017 in...

Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna are alternative centre-back options for the West Ham manager to consider, but he will have surely been well informed about academy graduate Rice.

The Irishman just needs to make the most of his opportunities in the first-team and ensure he does not let go of his shirt if he gets it.

Meanwhile, Reid's bad luck with injuries continues and it is easy to speculate about if the 30-year-old will be able to get back to his best at West Ham.

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by Winston Reid of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium on January...

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