West Ham United Ace Set To Be Offered A Lucrative New Contract: Moyes Needs To Keep Him For The Long-Run

Chelsea remain keen on sealing a January move for Rice who is in action in the picture
Newcastle United's French midfielder Allan Saint-Maximin (L) fights for the ball with West Ham United's English midfielder Declan Rice during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on July 5, 2020. (Photo by LAURENCE GRIFFITHS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

In a recent report, The Daily Star has revealed that West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice is set to be offered a lucrative new contract as David Moyes wants to fend off interest from Chelsea by tying him up on a fresh deal. It is believed that the Hammers are willing to double the English midfield ace’s £60,000-a-week wages to extend his stay at the London Stadium for the long-run (via The Daily Star).

Rice’s Brilliant Form For The Hammers This Season

The 21-year-old has been one of the top performers in David Moyes’ first-team over the past year after producing a series of commanding displays at the centre of the park. Rice has been involved in seven matches for the East London outfit this term but is yet to score or assist a goal for them across all competitions.

The London-born midfielder has caught the eye for his all-round contributions as he has averaged 2.0 tackles, 2.5 interceptions, 1.3 clearances, 0.8 key passes and 1.7 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. The ten-time England international has also been an accurate ball-distributor as evidenced by his pass success rate of 86.3% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

Rice has established himself as a fan-favourite at the London Stadium but could be tempted with a chance to join the Blues in the future as it will finally give him a realistic opportunity to win some major trophies at the highest level. Hence, Moyes would be wise to offer him a bumper new deal and to tie him down for the long-run.

West Ham's Rice set to be offered a new contract (Rice is seen in action for England in the photo)
England’s midfielder Declan Rice plays the ball during the UEFA Nations League football match between Iceland v England on September 5, 2020, in Reykjavik. (Photo by Haraldur Gudjonsson / AFP) (Photo by HARALDUR GUDJONSSON/AFP via Getty Images)

What Does The English Midfield Ace Bring To The Table?

Rice is not the quickest of midfielders, but he makes up for his lack of mobility by working his socks off for his team. He is quite aggressive with his tackles that allows him to earn possession back at the centre of the park.

The English talent is often quick to scan the danger and is not shy of clearing his lines when in trouble at the back. He takes care of the ball when passing it out from inside his half but needs to add a few goals and assist to his game if he wants to break into the world-class bracket someday.

Why West Ham Need To Keep Hold Of Rice For The Long-Run

At the moment, Rice is an irreplaceable member of David Moyes’ squad, so it makes a lot of sense for the Hammers to tie him down to a lucrative new contract. Sorting out his long-term future will help Moyes build a squad around the Three Lions star. At 21, Rice is only going to get better with each season so West Ham will do well to keep him at the club for the long-run.

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