By Jack Cunningham

18th Sep, 2021 | 9:10am

West Ham coach Kevin Nolan praises Declan Rice

West Ham coach Kevin Nolan has lauded Declan Rice after his goal in the Europa League against Dinamo Zagreb.

Speaking on BBC 5 Live, the former Hammers midfielder praised the 22-year-old and claimed that he seems to be getting better.

Rice has played every game for the Irons so far and sits on a 7.66 WhoScored rating for his league displays, so it is no wonder Nolan is praising the defensive midfielder.

He said: “He’s got everything. He’s in control of everything, and he’s getting better.”

Rice on course to be world-class?

The 22-year-old has already established himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in the league, and when he plays, it makes such a difference for the Irons.

In the six games he missed last season, the Hammers won three and lost three, so he is massively important to the way David Moyes’ side play.

He has also been described as “outstanding” by Gareth Southgate and is someone who looks to have a huge future ahead of him [West Ham’s official website].

His goal on Thursday was well taken after a fine solo run, and if he could add more goals to his game, then there is no telling how far he could go.

Nolan is right to laud Rice. The defensive midfielder continues to impress and improve.

Hopefully, he will remain at the London Stadium for some time before he decides to move on or the Hammers decide to cash in.

In other West Ham news, one Irons star has been identified as a Champions League club’s top target.

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