West Ham United winger Michail Antonio has heaped praises on teammate Declan Rice citing that he one of the best midfielders in the Premier League.
“Declan Rice is one of the best defensive midfield players in the league,” Antonio told host Jermaine Jenas and former West Ham captain Matt Upson. “He is, the way I’d say it, after Fernandinho, after Kante, I’d probably put him third.
“As an example, against Manchester United, Marcus Rashford has gone through and is running into the box and he’s got probably ten yards on Declan, but I just thought ‘Dec is going to get the ball’. He cleans up everything.
“It’s just his stature with his long legs and he’s a tall guy. He keeps the team ticking, he’s technically quality, he’s got his left foot and his right foot and he’s young.”
Antonio who has been dealt with injury woes has been working hard behind the scenes to get his fitness back on track and make his way back to the team.
The 29-year-old has been rehabilitating a hamstring injury which he sustained during the Carabao Cup second round against Newport County back in August.
“It’s one thing that keeps me young, keeps me hungry and keeps me going, really, knowing that I’m always going to have to fight for my place,” he revealed.
“At the beginning of the season I was in, I was out, it was looking like I was going to be in the team, then I have done my hamstring. It would be boring if I played and then whenever I was fit I was available.
"I feel I’d get more lackadaisical. I wouldn’t thrive, I wouldn’t play so well as when I go back in because I need to play well and score goals to keep my shirt and that will keep me going in my career.
**Source: West Ham official website
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