Moyes insists Rice can reach his potential with West Ham: Like Keane and Adams

West Ham boss David Moyes insists Declan Rice can reach his potential with them.

The midfielder has become a leader for club and country at the age of just 22 and been the driving force behind West Ham’s push for Champions League qualification this season.

Rice reached 150 Premier League appearances on New Year’s Day and, after a brilliant Euro 2020, looks set to be a key player for England at the World Cup later this year.

“I think he’s improving as a leader,” Moyes told the London Evening Standard.

“He’s taking on more responsibility. I sort of demand of him [to be] driving the training, driving the levels.

“The thing that Declan has got to his advantage is that he gets to see Harry Kane in training, Raheem Sterling and Harry Maguire. A chance to see the real top boys training and the levels, and a chance to see their mentality.

“There are a lot of players at these clubs who have got a real strong mentality and I want Declan to gain that for us.

“I look back at people who are great captains, Roy Keane and Tony Adams. People who drove teams and clubs on and were remembered.

“Mark Noble has played a huge part behind the scenes and Dec has probably been able to sit there and watch him and listen to him, see how he acts, because Nobes has been a great captain and a great leader. I hope Declan uses the opportunities he is getting to pick it up.”

Moyes continued: “Declan’s captaincy and his responsibility and his respect comes from his play.

“His play has been at such a high level, he has played so well. He plays in a position in the midfield where you can help control and talk. He needs to get a little bit more vocal in how things are done, he needs to take even more responsibility.

“I think controlling the game with the right tempo and times to speed the game up. When to pull out and build the game or when to sit and play in the right position, not emptying the midfield at times – make sure that you are in situ in the team. That would be the bit for me, for Declan to start reading the whole part of the game from the position he’s in.

“Taking even more responsibility. It is tough to say that but even more responsibility comes by how much you’re improving and how much the players around you trust you and believe in you.”

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