Declan’s farewell has done Irons world of good


By Hughie Southon

Declan Rice was subbed for the first time in his career during half time of the 2-2 draw between Spurs and Arsenal over the weekend.

It wasn’t because of any form problems with Gooners boss Mikel Arteta making it clear that the former Hammers skipper had suffered a back injury.

Incredibly, this is the first time I have thought of Declan since his move from the London Stadium which serves to show just one thing: The Hammers manager and technical director have truly done a magnificent job rebuilding the squad.

Yes, I understand this has been said a few times previously but it really is worth repeating bearing in mind how much we relied on the former No 41 in previous seasons.

It had also been said on several occasions that we would need more than one player to replace him as it was impossible to find a like for like individual.

So in  came JWP and Alvarez who have proved magnificent signings who give us more in that area of the pitch than we had previously.

With Paqueta and Kudus also on board we look a match and more for most teams in this league and as they settle more and more we could even start competing more intensely with the top four.

Moyes always stood firm on the fact that he would build a new West Ham …it has taken a  while and it took Declan’s departure to make it happen.

But the wait has been worthwhile.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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