Manuel Pellegrini has hailed the talents of Declan Rice!
The midfielder has emerged as one of the best players outside the top six for West Ham this season.
His goal against Arsenal in December capped a superb start to the season.
And the leadership qualities being demonstrated by the 20-year-old have been hailed by the Chilean, who has handed Rice a total of 25 appearances in all competitions thus far this season.
“He has become a big player for us and he has a massive future,” he told the Daily Mail.
“He is a mix of technical ability and power and he can play as a holding midfielder, as a midfielder or even a central defender.
“He always wins his physical duels. He commits very few errors with his passes.
“Right now, Declan is leading by the way he is playing. He doesn’t talk because he’s still young but he shows leadership on the pitch with his performances.”
Rice will next be in action on Monday when the Hammers take on Liverpool, before back-to-back London derbies against Crystal Palace and Fulham.