And Sky Sports pundit Mills has suggested that kind of performance could become the norm for the youngster.
“For a young player he’s getting those very high levels of consistency which is very, very important.
“He just needs to keep doing that and then he’ll just get stronger and stronger.”
Rice was sublime against Villa, and it is becoming increasingly unsurprising to see him pull this kind of display out the bag. The position he plays naturally means that there are some games in which his performances go unnoticed, or where he might not excite or enthral as much as those ahead of him, but when he is as assured as he was on Monday, it is hard to ignore him. 96% pass accuracy is ridiculous, as are six tackles, but his performances this season have consistently been of a high standard. An average of four tackles and 2.2 interceptions per game, as well as an overall pass success rate of 86.8%, as per Whoscored, show that this Villa display was no fluke. As Mills says, if he can keep this kind of thing going, then he can go on to become one of the very best in the country.