The West Ham United youngster has firmly established himself as a vitally important player for the club this season.

West Ham youngster Declan Rice will make his 50th appearance for the club today, if selected against Watford, and the 19-year-old admitted that he never thought he would reach that landmark at this stage of his career, when speaking exclusively to the club’s official website.

The Hammers starlet has been in excellent form his season, and has managed to nail down the holding midfield role at the London Stadium as his own.

Rice has played a key role for his side this season.

West Ham currently sit in ninth spot in the Premier League table, just two points adrift of sixth placed Manchester United, and many are tipping Manuel Pellegrini’s side to make a strong push for the Europa League places this term.

The 19-year-old Hammers ace spoke exclusively to the club’s official website, and shared how he has surprised himself by the fact that he is on the verge of chalking up 50 appearances for the club, whilst still in his teens:

“Saturday will be my 50th game for West Ham and I never thought I’d get there at 19. My target at the start of the season was to hit 50 appearances. Obviously when a new manager comes in you don’t know how he’s going to go and whether he’ll have you or not, so It will be special to hit that. Making 50 appearances at 19, I can aim really high and that’s what I have to aim for now. I have to be established, playing week in week out and racking up the appearances for this club, which would be really special.”

West Ham could jump up to sixth place in the table with a win over Watford today, should results elsewhere go their way, and if they are to do just that, Rice will once again have to best on his very best form.

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