'He needs to do a LOT more to match the top midfielders': Roy Keane shocks Ian Wright with SCATHING Declan Rice assessment, insisting the West Ham captain has been 'going through the motions' and doesn't score or assist enough
- Roy Keane has issued a scathing appraisal of Declan Rice 'saying he hasn't been great'
- Keane argued that Rice this season has been 'going through the motions'
Roy Keane has issued a scathing appraisal of Declan Rice's form for West Ham this season, claiming that 'he needs to do a lot more.'
The ex-Manchester United star was on punditry before Man United's FA Cup match against West Ham tonight, and offered what Ian Wright called a harsh view of the West Ham Captain.
Keane said: 'He’s got to focus on doing well for west ham this season. I don’t think he’s been that great this season. He’s not really kicked on for all the talk about him and all the PR coming out of west ham about him… I think he needs to do a lot more.
'He doesn’t score enough goals and he doesn’t get enough assists.’
At that moment, Ian Wright interjected, saying: 'Wow'
Keane hit back: 'You disagree that’s good, I hope you disagree with me, because I played in midfield, but for me he needs to do a lot more. Let’s see what he's like now tonight.
Roy Keane has issued a scathing appraisal of West Ham Star Declan Rice
Keane claimed the England star 'needs to do A LOT more to match the top midfielders'
'Listen I’ve been a fan of him, he turns up every week theres talk of him going for big money and going to one of the big clubs and playing in the champions league he needs to do a lot more. It’s as simple as that.
Rice has made 24 appearances for West Ham this season scoring two goals for the club and Keane continued that he want's to see more from the England star.
Rice also featured in all of England's World Cup games last year, but failed to get on the scoresheet in Qatar.
'I want to look at him closely tonight and say listen, you’ve got to turn up,' Keane continued.' I see him at games for West Ham and I’m not saying he's playing badly but sometimes he's just going through the motions, picking the easy option and he needs to do a lot more to match some of the top midfielders in the country.
In response to the Irishman's scathing rant, Wright said: 'I think it’s a bit harsh. I thought he had a pretty good world cup.
Rice starts tonight against Man United having made 24 appearances this season scoring twice
Ian Wright (middle) interjected and contested Keane on his opinion, and paid tribute to Rice
'I feel like the team he’s playing in, yes they're not playing great. But I think when you look at what he's doing from that six position trying to get forward, no real strikers scoring consistently and of course him being a focal point he’s going to get a lot of attention in that respect.
'But he is ready to go to that next level because he is one of our best.'
But Keane hit back: 'But I think it's easier to play well in a bad team. To me he doesn’t stand out in a bad team – which is a bit of a worry.'
More to follow...
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