Before the Southampton game, it just felt like a good game on paper to try and stop the rot after the defeats to Burnley and Swansea. But the way we played in the first half was incredible. It was the best we’ve played all season. We needed a strong performance and we got it. One player who stood out for many was Declan Rice.
He looked comfortable – as he has for many appearances – and I’ve been really impressed with him. He’s worth his place in the side at the moment that’s for sure. I saw Jamie Redknapp said Declan is going to be the next John Terry and likely to attract serious interest from other clubs this summer. Jamie rightly pointed out that aged 19 he plays with maturity, is brave and comfortable on the ball but I don’t think Declan – or the club – will agree that they will be fighting off bids this summer.
He looks happy and clearly loves the club. With all due respect to him, which club is going to come in for him right now and off er him more than we can? I don’t think it’ll be from anyone in the top six or seven. Even if it was one of them, he’d get more game time at West Ham, more time to build on his potential and improve his stature in the game.
Can James Collins still do it at the top level?
Whether or not West Ham should give James Collins a new contract is another talking point as we near the season’s end. But I think we need to wait until the final whistle has blown on the final game before James and the club think about what’s best for both.
He’s been a great servant to the club but the question both will need to answer is whether or not he is still able to do it in the Premier League. It’s a tricky one but James may have better idea himself. The emergence of Declan Rice may make steer the club against it. But offering James a coaching role would be a fantastic idea. He’s got vast experience and if that’s something he wants to do, it would make sense to do this a with us.