Rice ready for Turf Moor repeat


RiceDeclan Rice has his fingers crossed he will be involved on the ground where he made his first Hammers appearance this weekend – Turf Moor.

The 18 year old is back from international duty and can be expected to be in the squad for a game which is critical to the team’s recovery after a poor start.

He said: “Turf Moor is the ground where I made my debut back in May and it would be good to pick up another three points at Burnley after the good September.

It’s a tough place to go, but I think we have got the quality to go there and get the three points.

We have a big month ahead and they are all winnable games, but it’s about how we go out and perform on the pitch. If we play as we can, I think we can pick up close to maximum points this month.

Manu Lanzini came back in our last game against Swansea and played a part in the winner and he will be massive for us at Burnley.

He changes everything for the team on the pitch. He is an out-and-out number 10 and gets in little pockets and takes up positions which make it so hard for the opposition. He’s unbelievable.

With Nobes and Cheik available and Pedro back from injury, I know there will be big competition for places, but I hope to be named in the squad. It’ll be special to go back there and see the place where I made my debut again.”

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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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