Declan Rice returned to Twitter after the social media boycott and celebrated Manuel Lanzini’s dazzling display in a crucial West Ham win over Burnley on Monday night.
The Clarets took the lead at Turf Moor but a Michail Antonio double saw the Irons emerge 2-1 winners from a tough encounter to move back within three points of fourth-placed Chelsea.
David Moyes was able to bring back a number of returning stars including Antonio and Aaron Cresswell, who both spent time out injured, but there was still no space for key man Rice, who instead was forced to resume the role of cheerleader again.
He had special words for a returning star who shone in an unfamiliar role on Monday.
Lanzini had only played three of the last nine games and hadn’t started a game since February 15, but he lined up in a deeper midfield role against Burnley and was a standout performer.
Writing on his personal Twitter profile after the social media boycott by footballers and clubs ended, Rice singled the Argentinian playmaker out and issued a rallying cry to fans ahead of the conclusion to the 2020/21 campaign.
He said: “What a performance from the boys last night! Pleasure to watch and I must say Lanzini.
“Four MASSIVE games to go, we will give everything.”
What a performance from the boys last night! Pleasure to watch & I must say Lanziniii😍😍💎 4 MASSIVE games to go, we will give everything❤️ #COYI
— Declan Rice (@_DeclanRice) May 4, 2021
Game recognise game
Rice really seems to have taken to the role of No.1 Irons fan since injury ruled him out of recent games.
The 22-year-old has not played for the club since before the international break, in a 3-3 draw with Arsenal on March 21, missing five games so far.
The hope is that he will be back in the side before the end of the season to help guide us into Europe, but he’s having an impact away from the turf as well.
He knows a thing or two about pulling the strings in the middle of midfield so it’s no surprise to see him wax lyrical about Lanzini’s performance on Monday.
The 2016 signing from Al-Jazira has been out-of-favour this season but he had a huge contribution against Sean Dyche’s side to solve our midfield crisis after Mark Noble joined Rice on the treatment table.
Lanzini might have an even bigger role to play in the next four games.
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