Declan Rice was once again selected as the Hammer of the Year after West Ham United finished their Premier League season.

The Irons laboured to a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon at the London Stadium, thanks to a deflected strike from Andriy Yarmolenko.

David Moyes won’t have been happy, but his side did secure their Premier League status the week before against Manchester United.

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Rice was rewarded for his consistency throughout the season, with Danny Gabbidon showering the midfielder in praise.

It was suggested that it was between Rice and Angelo Ogbonna, with Tomas Soucek also a contender despite only arriving in the capital in January.

The midfielder admitted that he believes Ogbonna should have been the Hammer of the Year for his performances in defence.

“My hammer of the year! Absolute rock,” he wrote on his personal Twitter account.

Ogbonna has been superb under Moyes, and the Irons boss has certainly been rewarded for his loyalty to the Italian.

Before Moyes arrived, the most-common partnership at the heart of defence was Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena, with the Paraguayan international now a rotation option.

The 32-year-old has made 31 appearances in the Premier League this season and has averaged the most blocks per outing in the entire Irons squad, according to WhoScored.

Ogbonna has also completed 4.2 clearances per game, something that only Diop has managed to better.

Rice will always be one of the first players to receive praise at West Ham, but Ogbonna is one of those who will continue to impress under-the-radar.

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