According to the reliable @ExWHUemployee on Twitter, West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic is set to drop Declan Rice from the squad for the Premier League match against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday, and Irons fans are not happy.
There is no Sakho, Byram and most disappointing and surprisingly no Declan Rice either!
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) October 27, 2017
The 18-year-old started alongside Cheikhou Kouyate and Angelo Ogbonna in a three-man defence against Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, as the Hammers came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 and advance to the quarter-finals of the competitions.
The teenager certainly put in a decent performance on the big stage considering his youthful years, but it doesn’t seem to have been enough for him to warrant keeping his place in the starting XI, or even the squad.
West Ham supporters were quick to have their say on the rumour that he is set to miss out via social media, and while some described manager Slaven Bilic as “the confidence killer”, others were “disgusted”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
That’s disgraceful tbh! Such a good performance on Wednesday 😒
— Laura Nagle (@Laura_Emma_Hall) October 27, 2017
Shame for the young lad , probably deserves a run after recent performances
— glenn brotherton (@gbr67) October 27, 2017
— Fergus💎 (@Fergus_WHU) October 27, 2017
thats a joke
— Ryan 父harman (@harmann03) October 28, 2017
Surprised at no rice im assuming he’s in the squad – as for sakho I want him gone
— mark speller (@supersonic_mark) October 27, 2017
Bilic – The confidence killer. How can Rice and Byram be dropped from squad tomorrow ffs
— Dean Gray (@DeanoGee) October 27, 2017
Disgusted that's all I can say
— Glennyboy (@GlenWorrell) October 28, 2017
Really very disappointing. Rice for me & most has more then Earned his spot
— Joshua (@SchroerJr) October 27, 2017