Premier league news Declan Rice believes West Ham can still secure European football this season Last spor news
PremierLeague-News.Com - With two matches remaining West Ham need six points to all but guarantee a spot in Europe next season and Declan Rice is confident they can do it
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Squad depth This is not the first time squad depth has come up as an issue for West Ham but once again the manager was lacking options to change the game. David Moyes only used one substitute in the goalscorer Said Benrahma, but when he looked at his bench he had a number of defenders, an inexperienced striker in Mipo Odubeko and Andriy Yarmolenko. The Ukrainian spent the entire second half on the sidelines warming up but Moyes clearly had no intention of using him after he failed to have any influence from the bench last weekend versus Everton. At various points this season the team has been hampered by injury. But on this occasion bar the loss of Manuel Lanzini the Hammers had all their attackers available and still, there were simply no options for Moyes to try and change the flow of the game. Whether keeping Seb Haller or not was the answer we will never know but Moyes needs more players next season and in particular, he needs more options in attack. Read More Related Articles Every word David Moyes said on the 1-1 draw with Brighton and West Ham's character Read More Related Articles West Ham player ratings vs Brighton as Declan rice shines and Said Benrahma breaks his duck Mark Noble's heir Declan Rice has captained the Hammers more than anybody this season, but whenever Mark Noble has come onto the pitch Rice dutifully hands over the armband. For a man of Noble's experience and legendary status, this is the right thing to do and shows the respect Rice has for his skipper. Noble is more than a teammate to Rice he is a mentor as well and the England international has previously spoken about Noble's influence on his career: "He is probably one of the main reasons I am still around in the first-team," Rice said in April, "even now to this day he is still on me in training if I do things that are not up to the standard that he thinks I can do it and that is what I want. "I want to be pushed and there is probably nobody better who knows this club inside out and has played the games that he has to tell me that." Declan Rice has spoken about the influence Mark Noble has had on his career (Image: Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images) Listening to Rice speak to Sky Sports following the draw against Brighton and it was hard to believe he is only 22, it sounded like an experienced veteran of over 400 Premier League matches. It is safe to say Noble's influence on Rice is not just on the pitch but away from it as well. For any West Ham feeling down about the last few results take positivity and optimism from your vice-captain: "We’re still upbeat," said Rice. "If you compare our last two seasons, the change has been phenomenal. It’s been a pleasure to be a part of. We can still finish the season with 65 points if we win our last two games, that will be West Ham’s best-ever season, hopefully with some European football too. "There are still a lot of positives to look forward to. This season has been outstanding, we’ve given everything. It’s been a rollercoaster, tonight was a kick in the teeth but we’ve still got two more games and can finish on a high." Read More Related Articles West Ham fans confident David Moyes can keep the Hammers in European contention next season Read More Related Articles Manchester United have a transfer decision to make that could change West Ham's summer plans Player frustrations Towards the end of the game, the West Ham players were getting desperate for the referee to give them decisions. There were huge appeals for a penalty for handball that were waved away and more than one desperate attempt to win a free-kick in a dangerous area. The referee got all the major calls right and the majority of the time the appeals were made without any real conviction, it was out of hope rather than expectation. The player's frustrations did not end there though. Aaron Cresswell and Jesse Lingard in particular were seen throwing their arms in the air when their passes or crosses were not met by a fellow Hammer or off the ball runs were not being made. Aaron Cresswell of West Ham United reacts after the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and West Ham (Photo by Ian Walton - Pool/Getty Images) The frustration was one that struck of coming from an excellent opportunity slipping through their fingers but all is not lost yet. Six points are still there for West Ham and what Moyes needs to do is to get the players to park their frustrations from the previous few weeks and focus their minds for two huge games. There can be no more slip-ups now, European football is still just in West Ham's hands thanks to a superior goal difference over Everton. The Toffees and Spurs both have a game in hand over the Hammers and both play twice before West Ham's trip to West Brom. Moyes' team will know their results before kick-off and must keep calm heads and not allow frustration to get the better of them as they did at times against Brighton.
News source = PremierLeague-News.Com
. Up until the 87th minute the Algerian was top of the list for most shots without scoring this season but at least he has that elusive strike and what a great goal it was too. From inside the D he curled it with pace, power, and accuracy in off the post to salvage what could turn out to be a vital point. The reaction from his teammates and most importantly his manager as it hit the back of the net showed how big a goal they think it could be. The players sprinted back to their own half for the restart and Moyes let out a yell that echoed around the Amex Stadium, veins throbbing, fists clenched.
West Ham fans will love what Tomas Soucek has said about the club and his favourite Hammers game
Seven players including Man Utd ace and Chelsea fringe star West Ham are tipped to sign
Because of the goal difference with Everton, Benrahama's strike keeps West Ham just about in control of their European destiny. If The Hammers win both their games, Everton and Spurs not only both have to win three in a row but the Toffees have to overturn a six-goal deficit as well. As Moyes said of Benrahma after the match: "We have been waiting on a goal and we got one tonight. "We brought him in with that in mind and I am glad he has got that first goal and hopefully he will go on and get a lot more." Now would be a good time for Benrahma to hit a hot streak and get West Ham over the European line.
West Ham United's Algerian midfielder Said Benrahma (R) celebrates after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and West Ham (Photo by IAN WALTON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Declan Rice could have been the difference The return of Rice to the West Ham midfield instantly changed the shape of the team. He allowed Soucek to push further forward, he dropped in when Angelo Ogbonna brought the ball out of defence and he controlled the middle of the park. Rice made interceptions that his replacement Mark Noble and Manuel Lanzini in all likelihood would not have made, he spread the play expertly and took command of the midfield battle. His passing is perhaps the most underrated aspect of his game. He can win the ball back and play the simple pass, but equally, he can get his head up and pick out a 50-yard ball.
How to get our daily West Ham United newsletter
Why should you sign up? In each football.london West Ham bulletin, we'll be bringing you the latest breaking news, transfer features and comment pieces, as well as the key talking points for fans. We'll also send special newsletters when big stories break or there's a special event happening. How do you sign up? It's easy and only takes seconds. Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article - or any article on the West Ham section of football.london in fact - labelled 'Get the biggest daily stories by email' and click 'Subscribe'. And that's it, you're all set. If you decide later that you no longer wish to receive the emails, simply follow the unsubscribe link in one of the newsletters - but we don't think you'll want to. For more details, click here.
His passing statistics this season according to Wyscout, have rarely seen him dip below 85% for passing accuracy and it is this control of possession that makes him so valuable to both Moyes and Gareth Southgate with England. There is no way of knowing this for sure but had West Ham been able to call upon Rice's services over the past seven matches there is a fair chance the Hammers would have picked up more than the ten out of 21 than they did. Rice is a fabulous footballer and deserves to be in European competition next season. He would look at home in most Champions League level midfields so West Ham must make sure they at least offer him Europa League football as a sign of their improvement and ambition.
Source = PremierLeague-News.Com