Former West Ham captain Julian Dicks believes that Declan Rice is worth more than £100million but the midfielder’s value will only increase the longer he remains with the Hammers.
Dicks was at Old Trafford to witness West Ham’s late 1-0 loss to Manchester United, but was impressed with Rice’s performance despite the defeat.
The former Hammer was asked if he thought Rice was worth the same £100m that Manchester City paid for Jack Grealish:
“I don’t think anybody is worth £100m but Declan is such a good player and he just keeps everything simple. He is not one who beats four, five or six people he just keeps everything simple,” Dicks told Malaysian TV channel Stadium Astro.
“That is what the best players do, they keep things simple and Declan is just going to get better and better and better.”
When pushed for a transfer value Dicks said: “Nowadays you would be saying £100m but the thing is if he stays here another season or couple of seasons and keeps performing as he is, his value will only go up.”
Rice has been in superb form this season and, as a result, Stuart Pearce has revealed that the England international is David Moyes’ favourite at West Ham. When asked why, Pearce told talkSPORT: “He is just our best player all the time, a manager gravitates towards his best player!”
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Pearce added that despite Rice’s quality there is still room for improvement in the West Ham midfielders game.
“He is 6’2, he can get from box to box, he can finish, I think there are more goals in him that will come during his career,” he said.
“He is an absolute pleasure [to work with], he is so humble as a young man and that is his biggest forte for me above what he does on the pitch.”