After beating holders Manchester City in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup back in October, West Ham couldn’t secure their place in the semi-finals after losing 2-1 against Tottenham Hotspur last night.
An opening goal from Steven Bergwijn put the hosts ahead only for Jarrod Bowen to level things up just a few minutes later.
Unfortunately for David Moyes, it didn’t take long for the north London club to take the lead again, this time through Lucas Moura.
Despite a valiant effort, West Ham couldn’t turn the tide in the second half and ended up being knocked out of the competition.
In terms of what the positives Moyes could take from the game, one player that impressed for the Hammers, arguably more so than Bowen, was midfielder Declan Rice.
With 90 minutes under his belt and a total of 106 touches of the ball, Rice once again showed what a capable midfielder he is for the team.
The England international managed to complete 86 of the 90 passes he attempted with two key passes and six accurate long balls, resulting in an impressive overall passing accuracy percentage of 96%.
In addition to this, Rice also managed to complete all of the seven dribbles he attempted, highlighting how good he is on the ball and how much of a nuisance he was for Spurs, striding forward at each and every opportunity.
The 22-year-old didn’t shirk away from his defensive duties either by making two interceptions and two tackles.
This performance ultimately earned Rice a solid overall match rating of 7.8/10, making him the highest-rated player that made an appearance in the game across both teams according to SofaScore.
Having been praised in the past by Gary Lineker for his “magnificent” performances for West Ham in the past, this display against Spurs is another example of how good the England international can be and why he was Moyes’ hero on the day.
Football.London also picked up on Rice’s solid display by saying that he “was always alert to any danger on the edge of his own box,” as well as saying that he “got things moving going forward too, particularly late on.”
Moving forward, with West Ham now out of the competition, if Rice can keep delivering this sort of performance throughout the remainder of their Premier League campaign, he will give his side a great chance of securing a place in the top four again.