Danny Murphy expects Declan Rice to leave West Ham before next season
West Ham have just enjoyed a hugely successful season that saw them qualify for Europe, but Danny Murphy fears there is danger around the corner.
Speaking on talkSPORT [11/06/21], the ex-England international has cast doubts over talisman Declan Rice, who he believes could soon be departing the club.
“I’d be surprised if Declan Rice is still there next season, I’d be very surprised to see that,” he said.
“So I think David Moyes is going to have a bit of work to do in the market because now West Ham have been successful and done well, their players are always going to be courted when they’ve had such a good season, with Rice being the obvious one.”
Asked if Moyes could stop Rice leaving, Murphy said: “He can’t dictate.”
Ex-Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan also fired his own set of warnings to the Irons.
He said: “There is a danger for Moyes and his team that they will become victims of their own success due to the expectation levels.
“They’re in a situation now where certain deals probably need to happen.
“Jesse Lingard probably does need to sign for West Ham.”
We’ve just come off the back of a brilliant season, and now suddenly it’s all doom and gloom again? Can we not enjoy anything?
Jordan might be correct in suggesting that Lingard may need to be secured on a permanent deal, or at least someone in his mould to replace the nine Premier League goals he scored last season.
But why is Murphy so confident that Rice will be leaving the London Stadium?
We’ve got Europa League football coming to east London, why would this suddenly be when he decides to up and leave?
There should be a swell of positivity in the air, yet some pundits are making the same old tired observations.
It’s lazy, and pretty baseless, from Murphy.
We’ll rise above it, and expect Rice to remain firmly put for the foreseeable future.
In other West Ham news, Simon Jordan makes £90m Declan Rice transfer claim.