Midfielder came in for harsh criticism by West Ham managers early in his career but 20-year-old’s resilience never wavered
To understand how Declan Rice has turned himself into one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League you have to go back to a sunny afternoon at St James’s Park in August 2017 and one of those moments that could have inflicted lasting damage on a young player’s belief in his ability to rise to the top.
Before anyone gets the wrong impression, it is worth pointing out West Ham had plenty of time to bail out Rice after Matt Ritchie hassled him off the ball and launched the attack that led to Newcastle’s opening goal that day. Yet the move developed at pace, Joselu scored and the kid who was making his second league start had to shoulder the blame when West Ham traipsed into the dressing room 1-0 down at half-time.
Source: Football News
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