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West Ham United’s issues in midfield should mean that youngster Declan Rice is given the chance to start in the boiler room against Chelsea on Sunday.

The talented rising star put in an impressive performance in the 3-1 win over Everton last weekend and has the ability and skillset to become a mainstay in Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

Rice’s range of passing, work-rate and footballing intelligence make him the best suited option to anchor the West Ham midfield currently.

While the young Irishman will have his hands full against an able Chelsea side later today, watching the way Jorginho plays for the visitors should be inspiration for him.

Everything goes through the Italy international for the Blues and Rice could well become the same lynchpin in the West Ham team if he continues his rise.

The Hammers fans already have taken the youth-team product to their hearts and he could well become a cult hero in the side’s midfield this season.

With excellent ability on the ball to match his application, Rice is able to be a West Ham star in the mould of Jorginho in Pellegrini’s side.

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