Chelsea remained heavily linked with signing of England and west ham midfielder Declan Rice and could finalize his transfer in the January transfer window. Rice started his football career at Chelsea when he joined the club youth rank as a young child ,he was later released at the age of 14 , but Chelsea have been keen on taking him back since he has become an integral part of west ham in recent seasons.
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With Lampard trying to build an exciting young team, he can’t possibly resist the temptation of a young English prospect and he is keen on landing the 21 year old midfielder in January, Declan rice has also passed the eye test being childhood best friend of mason mount haven played together in Chelsea academy. It is reported that it will take big money sales of existing players, with Jorginho, Rudiger and Marcos Alonso three senior names that Chelsea are ready to listen to offers for.
Why is Lampard keen on bringing Rice back to Chelsea? Well let’s take a look at what he has to offer to the team Lampard is trying to build.
Declan rice played every minute of west ham league game last season that is 3420 minute of game time under his belt, Rice makes an average 3.1 tackles, 2 interceptions and 1.3 clearances per 90minutes, this is better than Thomas partey’s last season performance of 2 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 1.1 clearance per 90 minutes and jorginho’s 2.2 tackles, clearance of 0.9 and interception of 2.2. His defensive abilities are very impressive and can bring defensive stability to Chelsea thereby allowing attacking minded players like Mason Mount and Kai Harvertz to freely roam and express themselves on the pitch.
Although being a defensive midfielder he contributes to attack, this was very evident in his 1goal and 3 assist for west ham last season, his performance is also better than Thomas Partey who managed 3 goals last season, although he manage less goals than jorginho last season (4) due to jorginho being a penalty taker, he managed more assist than jorginho (2).Rice also makes 0.6 key passess,1.3 dribbles per 90 minute which better than jorginho’s 0.5,he also shoots an average of 0.8 times per game. Not bad for a defensively minded player.
Rice is also very good on the ball and has good passing accuracy, he makes 0.6 key passes, 45.6 total passes per game at 86% completion rate this more impressive than Partey’s 0.5 key passes, 46.8 total pass per game at 83.4% completion rate, he also averages 0.3 crosses and 3.4 long balls against partey’s 0.1 crosses and 2.9 long balls.
Declan Rice ability to effectively contribute to attack and defence makes him a very special player that can massively improve Chelsea and help build an energetic team that will have a long lasting dynasty in the premier league.
The fact that Declan rice is still 21 years old and will still improve massively makes him an overwhelming favorite to succeed at Chelsea and the reason why his signature is immensely sought after by Frank Lampard.