Jamie Carragher reserved special praise for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice following the Hammers’ thrilling 3-3 comeback draw with Tottenham on Sunday evening.
David Moyes’ side found themselves 3-0 down inside 16 minutes following a Son Heung-min strike and a brace from Harry Kane – and were still trailing by three goals with just eight minutes of normal time remaining.
However, the Hammers produced a remarkable fightback to snatch a draw at the death thanks to Fabian Balbuena’s header, a Davinson Sanchez own goal and a stunning solo strike from Manuel Lanzini.
Although Lanzini’s last gasp wonder goal stole the headlines, it was the performance of defensive midfielder Rice who caught Carragher’s eye.
“I’ve been really impressed with Rice in his last few performances for West Ham and also England,” Carragher reflected during Sky Sport’s post match analysis [via Hammers.News]
“He doesn’t see himself as just a defensive midfield player and has been making some marauding runs forward. I’ve been really impressed.”
Despite being on the receiving end of a Kane nutmeg in the build up to Tottenham’s second, Rice put in another assured performance for West Ham.
Although he is renowned for his ability to break up play and keep his side ticking over in possession, the England international demonstrated the adventurous, attacking side to his game, carrying the ball forward from deep with authority on multiple occasions.
“Honestly, I can’t tell you what happened at the end!” Rice admitted at full time [via whufc.com]. “It was just one of those special moments in football when it just seemed like it was meant to be.”
Rice spent much of the transfer window being linked with a big money return to former side Chelsea – the club who released him as a teenager.
However, the Hammers never received a formal offer for their prized asset, having slapped an £80m price tag on his head.