Declan Rice has hailed the present West Ham workforce as ‘the perfect he has been a part of’ since making his debut as a teen in 2017.
The Hammers moved into the Champions League locations on Sunday afternoon with a gritty 2-1 victory over London rivals Tottenham.
Their present factors complete of 45 is the best quantity they’ve achieved at this stage of a season in Premier League historical past, with David Moyes and his teaching workers persevering with to confound critics.
Even with a relentless fixture listing, an ever-revolving door to the physio’s workplace and the monetary impression of COVID-19 hitting the East Finish outfit, the Scot and his workforce have discovered methods to win.
When Lucas Moura discovered the web within the 64th minute on the London Stadium, the acquainted sinking feeling started to creep in for Hammers followers throughout the nation as Spurs (led by the resurgent Gareth Bale) pressed for an equaliser.
However the 22-year-old Rice epitomised the whole lot that’s good about Moyes’ industrious Irons as he refused to wilt below the strain.
And, talking to talkSPORT Breakfast on Monday morning, Rice admitted there’s a unity and togetherness on the membership which can make them a nightmare for any opponent.
He stated: “I can say first-hand that is in all probability the perfect West Ham workforce I’ve been part of within the 4 years I’ve been within the workforce.
“The unity, the love the lads have gotten for one another, the banter on a day-to-day foundation after which whenever you’re on the coaching pitch after which matchday the seriousness to exit and get a win.
“The mentality has simply modified fully and I believe you possibly can see that on the pitch. We’re combating for one another and giving 100 per cent, no matter how the outcomes are going to go.
“We all know once we come off that pitch that we have now given the whole lot.”
Having misplaced simply as soon as of their previous ten Premier League video games, West Ham’s continued success this season comes from a resolute backline.
Whether or not it’s 4 or 5 throughout the again, the Hammers are shielded expertly by Rice and his fellow midfield enforcer Tomas Soucek. The Czech Republic worldwide has been a revelation on the London Stadium since arriving on on preliminary mortgage deal within the January 2020 window.
With eight targets within the league to his title already, Soucek is on track to complete the season because the membership’s high scorer, however is just not afraid to graft both. His heroic blocking on the road from a Spurs nook while his eye full of blood has ensured cult hero standing amongst the Claret and Blue trustworthy.
And Rice believes the 25-year-old is destined to usurp him because the ‘Hammer of the Yr’ on the finish of the season for his unbelievable efforts throughout this spectacular marketing campaign.
“You recognize what, he’s so good,” he added. “I performed towards him for England towards the Czech Republic and I knew then it was going to be an enormous sport.
“To have him subsequent to you in midfield, you don’t realise how a lot he really does.
“He runs, he’s robust, he will get within the field, he’s good within the air and he does the whole lot you need the whole lot a midfielder to do.
“Groups are in all probability developing towards Tomas and pondering, ‘Yeah we don’t desire a battle with him in the present day’. If you happen to go laborious, he’ll go even tougher.
“Even at Man United once we performed within the FA Cup and we got here in two days after and he ran 17km.
“All of the lads stated, ‘That’s not regular Tom!’
“The season he’s having, little doubt he’s going to be Participant of the Yr and he completely deserves it as he is a good lad as nicely.”