Tony Cascarino has in contrast Declan Rice’s influence at West Ham to that of Fabinho and N’Golo Kante because the midfielder was rocked by an harm blow.
The 22-year-old returned from England obligation with a his swollen knee in a brace with fears he may very well be out for numerous weeks.
Having not missed a sport because the closing fixture of the 2018/19 season, Rice’s omission from David Moyes’ aspect will come as an enormous blow to their hopes of an unlikely Champions League end.
It’ll additionally go away England boss Gareth Southgate sweating forward of the delayed European Championship, beginning in June.
Alongside Tomas Soucek, Rice has fashioned probably the greatest midfield partnerships within the division as his metal and silk combines completely with the goalscoring Czech Republic worldwide.
Chelsea midfielder Kante and Liverpool enforcer Fabinho are two of the best holding midfielders within the Premier League and supply the fulcrum from which their groups can assault.
But Cascarino argues Rice is simply as essential to West Ham in the identical function and deserves to be thought of in the identical bracket.
He advised talkSPORT: “While you have a look at say, Liverpool, and also you had Fabinho that might play that function for Liverpool and do that basically nicely – sit and let different folks go ahead.
“I’d put N’Golo Kante in that bracket, that’s what Declan Rice does for West Ham.
“He sits, he picks issues, he can see issues, the gamers belief him round him and he does the A,B,C’s of soccer – the simplistic issues that have an effect on a crew – very well.
“He retains the ball, so it’s a large blow; it’s that N’Golo Kante, it’s that Fabinho function that he does brilliantly nicely.
“Fantastic strains, small margins make huge variations.”
Soucek and Rice loved fantastic worldwide breaks, with the Czech midfielder scoring a hattrick for his nation and Rice grabbing two Man of the Match awards earlier than his harm.
It’s understood he suffered a knock within the Poland sport to his knee but was capable of play on and was named man-of-the-match.
Former Chelsea and Aston Villa striker Cascarino believes not solely will the midfielder’s absence hinder the Hammers in defensive moments; it can additionally power his companion to sit down deeper.
He added: “I look and suppose that relationship with Soucek in the course of midfield, permitting him to run, it jogs my memory of Paul McGrath and what he did for Roy Keane and Andy Townsend.
“He would sit at instances in that midfield place and there may be nothing higher to have somebody as an attacking midfielder like Soucek is and drive ahead and know you’ve acquired safety behind you.
“Your pal goes to take care of you and allow you to go, so it’s a large blow. He’s West Ham’s finest participant.”