We all know why Keane takes pops at Declan

By Simon Leyland

The permanently grouchy Roy Keane has issued yet another scathing appraisal of Declan Rice`s form for the Irons this season, claiming that ‘he needs to do a lot more.’

The ex-Manchester United captain was on pundit duty for their FA Cup match against West Ham, and offered what Ian Wright called a ‘harsh’ view of the West Ham skipper’s recent performances.

Keane said: ‘He’s got to focus on doing well for West Ham this season. I don’t think he’s been that great this season. He’s not really kicked on for all the talk about him and all the PR coming out of west ham about him… I think he needs to do a lot more.

‘He doesn’t score enough goals and he doesn’t get enough assists.’ 

At that moment, Ian Wright interjected, saying: ‘Wow’

Keane hit back: ‘You disagree? That’s good. I hope you disagree with me, because I think I know what I’m talking about – I played in midfield. 

‘I see him at games for West Ham and I’m not saying he’s playing badly but sometimes he’s just going through the motions, picking the easy option and he needs to do a lot more to match some of the top midfielders in the country.

In response to the Irishman’s scathing words, Wright said: ‘I think it’s a bit harsh. I thought he had a pretty good World Cup.

I feel like the team he’s playing in, yes they’re not playing great. But I think when you look at what he’s doing from that six position trying to get forward, no real strikers scoring consistently and of course him being a focal point he’s going to get a lot of attention in that respect. 

‘But he is ready to go to that next level because he is one of our best.’

But Keane hit back: ‘But I think it’s easier to play well in a bad team. To me he doesn’t stand out in a bad team – which is a bit of a worry.

I think we all know why Keane has been such a vocal critic of Declan. He has never forgiven him for swapping allegiances from Ireland to England.

He is rapidly becoming a caricature of a man being angry for the sake of being angry.

Give it a rest Keano – it may seem very clever to you but the reality is this is all sour grapes!


4 comments on “We all know why Keane takes pops at Declan

  1. Spot On!
    Roy Keane was a great footballer but is not a footballing Guru!
    Roy Keane’s character flaw which produced the drive for him to go on and become a feared and fierce competitor during his playing days is the same character flaw which punctuated his footballing career in controversy which also saw him fail as both a manager and a coach… SPITE!

  2. I respectfully disagree. Of course he should be doing more. I think its very fair to compare him to Casemiro if everybody keeps saying Dec is world class. Look at the impact Casemiro had when introduced last night and at the weekend in the cup final. Rice is an excellent player but he’s not world class yet.

    I’d be playing all of Roy’s comments on West Ham in the dressing room before the Brighton game, and lets get a reaction out of this team. Its pretty evident this team can turn it on when they want (4-0 v Forest) but its time they left it out on the pitch every single game. Like Dawson used to, Aguerd seems to have it in him, Bowen possibly, Downes certainly has the attitude. I want to see the Rice anger that I saw at Spurs (although the game was lost at that point)

  3. I agree it was because Rice switched between Roy Keanes Ireland and playing for England. Roy Keanes little lap dog has since come out and said he agrees with everything Keane said about Rice. I think this might also have something to do with the Manchester United that existed pre Casemeiro wanted Rice but they couldn’t get him because he wasn’t for sale. Now they have Casemeiro and having a bit of success for the first time the Keanes and Neville’s of this works are giving it large.

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