By Jack Cunningham

11th Dec, 2021 | 11:00am

David Moyes considering new role for West Ham star Declan Rice

David Moyes is contemplating whether or not to use Declan Rice in a back three in the West Ham game on Sunday.

The Hammers face Burnley at Turf Moor in the Premier League, and they have been hit by a lot of injuries to key players.

Centre-back is the main area of concern for Moyes, with Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna out for an extended period of time.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference [Evening Standard], the Scotsman revealed the potential change for Rice.

He said: “We certainly lose something in midfield, but maybe we might have more midfield players than we do defenders at the moment, so Declan is certainly a consideration for that, and he can play there as well.

“He would give us a lot of pluses if we play at the back; we’d build better.

“I think we did it last year at Tottenham, and we missed him in midfield, so wherever Declan plays, he’s really important.”

Interesting dilemma for Moyes.

Now, we all know how Burnley like to play; they will be direct and try to get in West Ham’s faces.

Therefore, you do have to wonder where Rice would be better.

If he plays in defence, the Hammers have a genuine ball carrier who could initiate attacks and keep possession of the ball.

He is also a big lad, so you would think he would relish a battle against the likes of Chris Wood.

However, we all know how good he is in midfield, and you would expect that he would probably dominate the Clarets’ midfielders from start to finish.

Of course, if he plays in defence, the Irons can then try someone else in the middle.

So, Moyes has a few dilemmas to deal with because of their injury crisis, so it will be intriguing to see exactly what happens on Sunday.

Rice should have an impact wherever he plays, but it is just a question of working out where he should play for this particular match.

In other West Ham news, Michael Owen has had his say on the Burnley game.

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