Rice: “You will never see us check out mentally”


Declan Rice is as aware of the fans reaction to the current Hammers slump as anybody else and has pleaded for patience from us all.

Like the rest of the squad he could hardly be more unhappy about the club’s position and has once again talked about us not being far from turning it around,

Some may disagree but nobody will be pointing any fingers at the captain who has shown game in game out that he will play his heart out for this club..

And he reminds all of us that he entirely aware of the quality in the squad declaring he sees  day in and day out in training.

He adds that we signed the players in the summer and it’s up to us to be out there, pushing, driving, giving everything for the badge and giving everything for the fans.

And addressing the fans he makes it clear the squad needs their support saying per “I read a lot of stuff and fans are always going to voice their opinions.

[The fans] have seen the signings we made in the summer and have seen us underachieve. They want to see West Ham back where we should be. So look, I fully agree with them.

After the last two seasons, this season was exciting to go into, but we are letting ourselves down at the moment. I understand, but from me and the lads, but you will never see us mentally check out, never see us not giving 100 per cent.

A couple of wins changes it – it’s not far away but it’s not going exactly the way we want it at the minute. Stick with us, stay positive.”

As captain, I will keep trying to push everyone and give everything for this team.”

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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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  • johnham1 says:

    Rubbish talk this is not something just after happening in the last 5 games, it has been here with us for all 2022. Disappointed that Rice wont stand up and call it as it is the performances have deteriorated not got better. The owners need to go too they also are letting the fans down by not sacking Moyes.

  • Gazza says:

    They need to give us something to cheer about, sure us fans will be behind the team 100% when they do, we tried to lift the team after Brentford’s first goal, it didn’t improve the performance. What we won’t cheer is negative football and players not giving their all. If that’s the best some players can do then they are clearly not up to the standard expected. No excuse for sloppy passing / crossing and better movement is needed off the ball. Even the Brentford fans were chanting worse football I’ve seen at one stage! Embarrassing! He mentions they never mentally checkout the body language of some of the players suggests otherwise.

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