Jamie Redknapp tips West Ham star to reach the top after Arsenal display

‘You look at Fernandinho at Man City and they must be looking at Declan Rice thinking he’s the next one’: Jamie Redknapp tips West Ham star to reach the top after Arsenal display

  • Declan Rice beat Bernd Leno with a first-time shot after a lay-off by Samir Nasri
  • Rice ran 11.4km which was more ground than any Arsenal player covered
  • Jamie Redknapp compared him to Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho

Jack Kinnersley For Mailonline

Jamie Redknapp has tipped Declan Rice to reach the top after scoring the winner against Arsenal on Saturday. 

Rice beat Bernd Leno with a first-time shot after a good lay-off by Samir Nasri to give West Ham the victory at the London Stadium. 

The 19-year-old ran 11.4km which was more ground than any Arsenal player covered and Redknapp compared him to Manchester City’s Fernandinho. 

Declan Rice beat Bernd Leno with a first-time shot after a good lay-off by Samir Nasri

Declan Rice beat Bernd Leno with a first-time shot after a good lay-off by Samir Nasri

Jamie Redknapp has tipped Rice to reach the top after scoring the winner against Arsenal

Jamie Redknapp has tipped Rice to reach the top after scoring the winner against Arsenal

Redknapp told Sky Sports: ‘You look at players like Fernandinho at Manchester City and they must be looking at Declan Rice thinking “he’s the next one” because it’s so hard to find good players in that position.

‘He’s come in from centre back and is now one of the best defensive midfielder’s around.’

Injured West Ham star Jack Wilshere was in the studio and he agrees with Redknapp that Rice has a big future ahead of him. 

Wilshere told Sky Sports: ‘I can’t believe he is still 19. I had obviously heard about him when I came to the club, but seeing him on the training ground, he has a big future ahead of him. 

Injured West Ham star Jack Wilshere was in the studio and he agrees with Redknapp

Injured West Ham star Jack Wilshere was in the studio and he agrees with Redknapp

‘I’m struggling to think of a defensive midfielder who does it better than him in the league.

‘I’m not saying he is the best in the league but he is definitely on the right track. 

‘I definitely see his future playing in that defensive midfield position. He has arguably been West Ham’s best player this season, certainly the most consistent, and with the maturity of his performances at such a young age, he is only going to get better.’

Hammers captain Mark Noble continued the praise on the teenager and believes the West Ham fans are recognising his form. 

Captain Mark Noble continued the praise on the teenager who recently signed a new deal

Captain Mark Noble continued the praise on the teenager who recently signed a new deal

Noble told Sky Sports: ‘I think you could see, it was not only from the players but you could hear it from the fans as well. 

‘It has been a special six months for Declan, he’s just signed a new long-term contract and now got his first goal. 

‘I won’t be surprised if he struggles to sleep tonight. We are all here to see how special a talent he is. 

‘For any young players around the country who want someone to look up to, Declan is your man.’ 


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