According to @ExWHUemployee on Twitter, West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice is in line to make his full Premier League debut in the clash against Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday.
— West Ham Fan Zone (@WHUFCFZ) August 16, 2017
The 18-year-old midfielder made his bow for the Irons as a late substitute against Burnley on the final day of the 2016/17 season, before replacing captain Mark Noble for the final 30 minutes of their 4-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend.
Having impressed against the Red Devils despite the disappointing scoreline, Rice looks to be in line to start his first match for the club on the south coast on Saturday, with the likes of Cheikhou Kouyate set to miss out again as he recovers from a knee problem.
West Ham supporters were quick to have their say on the rumour via social media, and they were delighted that he is to be given an opportunity, with some even saying that he should have started their opening day clash against Jose Mourinho’s men.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Well deserved if true!
— G (@gdizzle1981) August 17, 2017
— Andrew Gay (@Andyinexile) August 17, 2017
Brilliant and well deserved, let's hope all goes well for young Declan, if it happens
— john hooper (@johnhooper60) August 17, 2017
Should of started v Man U
— Maurice Green (@mozhammer) August 17, 2017
If he can play like that at old Trafford with those class of players against him, he surely deserves his chance, he will go far he that good
— John O'Brien (@johnom66) August 17, 2017
He deserves to without a doubt, looks our best available CM ATM ⚒⚒⚒
— gary jones (@garyjones68) August 17, 2017
Hope he does
— scott barwick (@puffa_the_gen) August 18, 2017