Angelo Ogbonna of West Ham United celebrates with Declan Rice
Pundit Jamie Redknapp has told the Daily Mail that he felt Declan Rice turned in a 'commanding display' against Manchester City on Sunday evening.
West Ham travelled to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, and given that the Hammers have struggled to score goals and to keep them out at the other end, a battle against Pep Guardiola's league leaders seemed daunting.
When Angelo Ogbonna headed West Ham in front before half time, it seemed that David Moyes could be edging towards a stunning first win as Hammers boss, but City came back in the second half, claiming all three points thanks to goals from Nicolas Otamendi and David Silva.
The Hammers still have just two wins to their name this season, but pundit Jamie Redknapp has pointed out one major positive from Sunday's defeat at the Etihad Stadium.
Redknapp has told the Daily Mail that defender Declan Rice was 'commanding' against a vaunted City attack, comparing him to a young John Terry thanks to his organisational skills at the age of just 18.
“One huge positive for David Moyes was Declan Rice’s commanding display against Manchester City,” said Redknapp. “The centre back was not fazed by one of the league’s most feared front lines and set about organising the West Ham defence, pushing and pointing his team-mates into the right positions.”
Manchester City's Leroy Sane (R) vies with West Ham United defender Declan Rice
“How many 18-year-olds have you seen do that? He reminds me of a young John Terry and if he isn’t already, Rice should be studying videos of his defending to develop his game,” he added.
Rice, was ironically on the books with Chelsea until 2014, when he moved on to West Ham, and he has emerged into the first team this term, making seven Premier League appearances.
The Republic of Ireland youth international will now be hoping to kick on after Redknapp's praise, and fans should certainly be excited about Rice's huge future with the club, especially after the West Ham youth conveyor belt slowed down in recent years.