West Ham fans on Twitter were full of praise for Declan Rice after the youngster’s performance in the 3-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.
The Hammers took the lead after just 11 minutes against a lacklustre Everton side, as Arnautovic broke the offside trap and squared to the new man Andriy Yarmolenko, who had a simple job of tucking the ball past Jordan Pickford.
Then, 20 minutes later, Hammers captain Mark Noble pounced on a poor ball from Pickford and found Yarmolenko, who cut inside onto his left-foot and curled a perfect finish beyond the Everton and England goalkeeper.
On the stroke of half-time, Gylfi Sigurdsson pulled one back for the Toffees with a sublime header, but Arnautovic’s goal just after the hour mark put the game to bed following some neat play with Pedro Obiang. Rice, who can also play at centre-back, was given the job of marking Everton’s playmaker and stand in captain Gylfi Sigurdsson. The 19-year-old protected his defence admirably and kept possession ticking for the Hammers.
Check out the best tweets in reaction to his performance below.
Declan Rice is absolutely superb. This DM role looks like his position. Complete brick wall. Get his new contract signed now @WestHamUtd
— West Ham Transfers (@westhamtransfer) September 16, 2018
Gotta say Declan Rice has been different gear
— Dave Little (@DaveLittle60) 16 September 2018
Can’t get over how good Declan Rice was today. Kept Sigurdsson quiet for the whole game (apart from his goal)
— Daniel Harrison (@danharrison85) September 16, 2018
Declan rice has been absolutely class today
— Ollie (@Ollie_WHUFC) September 16, 2018
Massive win that, our support was fantastic and West Ham actually showed up. Declan Rice was awesome. @_DeclanRice
— Michael Wood (@woodstockiron) September 16, 2018
Declan Rice, absolutely outstanding
— KristianMooreCowell (@KristianCowell) September 16, 2018
Declan Rice Unreal performance
— Jack Brown (@Browno24) 16 September 2018
Not taking anything away from him but how did Arnie get Man of the Match? Declan Rice was phenomenal today. Best player on the pitch
— Malky (@Hammerhead2507) 16 September 2018