Having returned from suspension, West Ham United’s Declan Rice is in line to set a new Premier League record if he plays against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The 22-year-old will smash the record for the youngest player to reach 150 appearances in the Premier League should he feature at the London Stadium.
He will surpass current West Ham captain Mark Noble for the honour who achieved the feat in 2013 at 25 years of age.
Rice is in his fifth season of first team football at West Ham and every year he has taken his game to the next level.
His most recent improvements have seen him earn an England call up from Gareth Southgate, and his performances for the Three Lions has seen him become a key component of the national setup.
Even though he was released by London rivals Chelsea as a teenager, moving to West Ham has allowed Rice to flourish like so many others have done in the past.
The soon-to-be 23-year-old follows in the footsteps of some of England’s best players such as Joe Cole, Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard in having been educated in the West Ham academy and gone on to represent the first team.
The aforementioned trio though left the club much quicker than Rice has with the England international keen to repay the club’s faith in him on the pitch, rather than in their wallets.
It’s his loyalty to the club that has adhered him to the Hammers faithful to such an extent that he is now held in the same regard as Noble as something of a club legend and leader amongst men.
In other West Ham news, David Moyes has made a damning transfer admission ahead of the January window.
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