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‘Class Performance’ ‘Legend in the making’ – West Ham fans praise teenager’s display

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West Ham fans were excited to see youngster Declan Rice being given another chance at centre back in the 3-2 win over Tottenham in the last night.

Manager has generally played the 18 year old as a holding midfielder in most of his first team appearances so far, but the Croatian opted to start the defender in a back three against Spurs.

Rice had previously played in the position in the third round tie against but it was a significant step up in quality at yesterday. There was certainly areas to improve upon, and he was unfortunate that Dele Alli’s second goal for Tottenham deflected off him into the net, but he stood firm in the latter stages of the match when the backline came under serious pressure.

The Twitter reaction to Rice’s performance was overwhelmingly positive with many quick to congratulate the player for his display:

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