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PlayerWatch – DECLAN RICE!

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CandH reporter Daniel Danielli Leach put young Hammer Declan Rice comes under the spotlight in today’s pressure cooker fixture  against the Saints. Here’s his blow by blow account of his performance.

1 – After the first 10 seconds he heads a long ball from kick off away from danger under pressure
1 – Intercepts a Bertrand pass to Austin
10 – Makes a great slide tackle on Gabbiadini and the ball goes out for a throw on our left hand side
15 – Comes forward to leap above Austin and head the ball away
17 – A chipped ball from Lemina is won as Rice successfully tackles Tadic and the ball goes out for a throw on
21 – Heads the ball away from a goal kick
24 – Long ball forward is lost
33 – Same as above
33 – A long ball is headed back safely back to Hart
53 – Plays a good long ball to João Mario on the right hand side
61 – Makes a good clearance on the volley to João Mario on the right hand side
61   Does not read a long ball to Long but he quickly recovers and chases back
62 – Loses an aeriel battle to Long
65 – A long ball goes to Soares but he loses control and we win the ball back
74 – Austin beats him to a header
76 – Makes a great tackle on Boufal in the edge of the area
80 – Reads the play very well by making a great challenge on Austin on the edge of the area before he can control it
86 – A long ball fails to reach Fernandes on the right hand side
89 – A long ball fails to reach Hugill on the right hand side

Verdict – 7.5In our stunning win over the Saints today Rice was our best defender a long with Ogbonna. His physical presence, reading of the game and tackling is frightening for someone so young. More performances like this will see him propelled to the very top.

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One comment on “PlayerWatch – DECLAN RICE!

  1. Really is time he played as a regular as every game is valuable experience and he is the bright future hopefully.

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