Souness incorrect about Rice however right here's why Declan received't be bothered what he thinks


I THOUGHT Graeme Souness’ criticism of Declan Rice was fairly harsh.

Graeme’s opinion is that to be a world-class midfielder, it’s worthwhile to create and rating extra targets. He feels Declan doesn’t do this.


Declan Rice fired England’s opener in Naples however he is one among a number of world-class midfielders who do not rating manyCredit score: Getty
Graeme Souness reckons Rice doesn't get enough goals or assists but Troy Deeney thinks that opinion fails to appreciate the modern game


Graeme Souness reckons Rice does not get sufficient targets or assists however Troy Deeney thinks that opinion fails to understand the fashionable recreationCredit score: Getty

However you may rattle off a great deal of names who don’t rating hundreds —  N’Golo Kante, Casemiro, Rodri, Thomas Partey and Toni Kroos to call just a few.

For me, Declan is world class. This child performs so many video games a 12 months and continues to be a younger man getting used to that.

I do know the typical soccer fan will say, “he will get paid to do this’.

No, he will get paid to play a season of soccer, not a season and a half in a single marketing campaign.

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And regardless of all that, he’s nonetheless West Ham’s finest participant and one among England’s finest gamers.

He’s solely going to  get higher. He has a ceiling that would proceed to rise.

I’ve seen folks  say, ‘I wouldn’t pay £80million for him’. Come on, give me a break. He’s a correct participant.

Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester Metropolis, Chelsea and Liverpool would all chunk your hand off for him.


When gamers like Rice burst onto the scene, all of us say this child is nice, but when they drop under an eight out of 10, then they aren’t ok. It’s loopy.

Rice would have undoubtedly seen what Souness stated about him and he responded very well to it in a press convention earlier than England’s win over Italy. A  mature reply.

As a participant, whenever you hear or see issues like that, you assume, ‘Does this actually impact on me and my life?’

However personally, I don’t assume Declan would have been too bothered by it.

Why? As a result of Declan — born in 1999 — didn’t develop up watching Souness, who retired in 1991.

I like Graeme, he is an effective pundit and a high man however I don’t assume gamers within the trendy recreation maintain an excessive amount of worth on his opinion.
He’s knowledgeable who had a variety of success in his personal profession.

However the guys these days can be extra fussed listening to from these they bear in mind watching play, like a Yaya Toure or a Steven Gerrard.
Dec most likely mirrored his recreation on these two.

I bear in mind when  Thierry Henry talked about my title on Sky Sports activities in my first season within the Premier League, that was like God chatting with me.

I’ll always remember it, as a result of he was somebody  I grew up watching and that meant quite a bit.

If Dion Dublin — who is an effective good friend of mine and was participant — had stated it, it wouldn’t have meant that a lot as a result of I by no means grew up eager to be him. That’s simply how gamers assume.

Players like Rice's England midfield colleague Jude Bellingham are 'monsters'


Gamers like Rice’s England midfield colleague Jude Bellingham are ‘monsters’Credit score: Rex

Within the NBA, folks debate LeBron James or Michael Jordan, however the recreation has moved on — and it’s the similar with soccer.

The likes of Souness, for all his expertise and success, backed up his recreation by being a tricky man with crunching tackles, half of which might not be authorized at present.

This will sound like a wild assertion, however Souness in his pomp wouldn’t have been in a position to sustain with at present’s Premier League midfielders.

On a purely health  stage, James Milner at his present age would run throughout prime Souness.

The sport now’s extra athletic. Have a look at the pitches, the cash, the analytics.

Souness’ period had a giant consuming tradition, but these lads now don’t even go on vacation, and once they do they’re coaching on the similar time.

Have a look at the younger boys like Jude Bellingham. No matter their potential, simply the bodily dominance of those lads, they’re worlds aside.

They’re all monsters, thoroughbred horses.

Simply to be clear, like Graeme, that is simply me giving my opinion.

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However it is vitally simple to outline what you assume a world-class midfielder seems like primarily based on experiences from many years previously.

Instances have modified, and so has soccer.

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