Is Contract Rebel Declan Rice Well Within Justification?

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Rising West Ham united star Declan Rice is stuck in a stalemate with West Ham’s executives over a new contract. The 19 year olds current deal expires in June 2019, which has put a host of top clubs on high alert. Rice who broke through into the first team in the 16/17 season where he played some minutes against Burnley on the final day has gone onto make over 40 appearances at the club since, touching half a century of appearances at such a young age. Rice has been praised by fellow peers and pundits for his outstanding ability and the performances he puts in, being one of West Ham’s stand out players week in week out. His high quality performances have not only been watched by a host of big clubs, but also the England manager Gareth Southgate, who is currently stuck in a tug of war with the Republic of Ireland over his international allegiance. 

Rice is believed to be stuck on a low salary which does not reflect his ability or performances, but is his stand off with the club over it justified? Absolutely. Declan Rice has consistently out performed experienced senior players on wages 30 or 40 times if not more than his, for example, Javier Hernandez who is on over £100K a week consistently puts in dire performances or is used as an impact substitute, his wages do not reflect his impact or place in the team whatsoever. Further examples such as the imminent signing of Samir Nasri who soon comes off of an 18 month ban for doping is set to be signed on a deal worth up to a reported £80,000 a week. So the question has to be asked, what are West Ham doing? the youngster is a prominent player in the team, who’s rise to the first team has inspired the youngsters in the youth set up. the latest breakthrough star is Grady Diangana, a highly rated tricky winger.

West Ham need to sort this out, or they risk losing their hottest prospect for peanuts.