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Rice explains his “midfield” thinking

RiceDeclan Rice has assured those among us who have been worried that Slaven Bilic is playing him out of position that he has no issues at all with his midfield role.

In fact in an interview with the official site he gives the impression that he actually prefers it to the central defensve role with which he is associated.

Discussing his rise to the first team he said: These last three games have probably been the best three games of my life, really, being around the first team and the fans and everything about it has been unbelievable.”

And he added: ““I enjoy playing in midfield! You get a bit more freedom around the pitch, you can control the game and you’re more the orchestrator, where you get to play the ball around, whereas at centre-back you are stuck in one position. I don’t mind, wherever I play.

“I know the role, as I used to play there when I was playing for Chelsea. It stemmed from pre-season, when the manager wanted me to play there, and I’m not one to complain so I’ve got on with it and grown into that position. Whether he wants me to play at centre-half or in midfield, I’m ready to play.”

He’s determined to help give the fans three points at Newcastle tomorrow (Sat) saying: “It’s difficult to take when you lose because there are fans going there and you’re playing for them and for the three points.

We should have got something from Southampton, there were positives to take from both games and Wednesday night [when we won at Cheltenham Town in the Carabao Cup] was a real confidence boost.”


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3 comments on “Rice explains his “midfield” thinking

  1. There is no doubt he has done well when played in midfield however it does show how thin we are in midfield when just one of our players picks up an injury. Will really help us season if we can get a top midfielder in before the window closes, will give us some Steel having some class on the bench. Not say it should be Rice sitting on it.

  2. He simply looks a very composed player, who is comfortable on the ball. He reads the game well and tries to pass forwards when he can.

    (If I had posted first – it would have been Markro Polo! 😊)

  3. Agree Marko. And he has great Attitude and is willing to pitch in wherever needed.
    But I think we need a back 3 now and with Kouyate back.
    I think Rice in middle of back 3 w Collins on right and Ogbonna on left. With is composure and passing ability would allow him to come out and start play and no denying his defensive talents as well.
    Back 3 is know as Slav’s Plan B what he told press think it his time for Plan B

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