West Ham United fans debate whether Declan Rice deserves pay rise

Declan Rice has been developing in West Ham United’s youth ranks since 2014 when he switched from Chelsea.

The 19-year-old made his first-team debut last year and has gone on to become an important member of the unit.

During the 2017-18 campaign, the versatile player, who can be positioned at centre-back or as a defensive midfielder, started 15 Premier League matches and came off the bench in a further 11.

Rice’s current contract has one year left to run, which has led to a conversation among fans regarding his future at the club.

The Republic of Ireland international, who is valued at £9m by Transfermarkt, certainly has the talent to thrive at an elite level.

At just 19, Rice still has plenty to learn and he will continue to perfect his craft, but it raises questions over whether he deserves to be earning big bucks at this stage.

Reliable source ExWHUemployee tweeted on Monday that the defence-minded star should be given a deal worth around £30,000 per week.

Plenty of West Ham fans agreed.