West Ham picked up three valuable points on Saturday by overcoming a rejuvenated Newcastle United side at St. James’ Park, returning to East London with a 3-0 victory.
The Hammers have struggled to find consistency this season but the result against Rafael Benitez’s side presents the opportunity to build a run of form heading into the busy festive period, where six further tests in the Premier League await in December – starting on Tuesday against Cardiff City.
Manuel Pellegrini will need his entire squad to be at their best over the course of the fixtures that lie ahead, where winnable clashes against Crystal Palace, Fulham, Southampton, Watford and Burnley await.
One player who has already proven his worth on a number of occasions this season is teenage sensation Declan Rice, who has established himself as one of the first names on Pellegrini’s teamsheet.
After another impressive performance against the Magpies, fans flocked to social media to heap praise on the 19-year-old and we have gathered some of their assessments below.
— ian ford (@IanEenyford) December 2, 2018
We constantly talk about how we want to ‘go to the next level’ – Anderson, Arnie, Diop, Rice and Fabianski are all next level players and Pellegrini is a next level manager. I’m very excited about Pellegrini’s 3 year plan #COYI
— JCHammer (@JCHammer13) December 1, 2018
— Andrew (@aptitudinalism) December 1, 2018
— Ali Jones (@Alibones2) December 1, 2018
Declan rice been our best player this season and I earn double what he earns.
— top shagger (@JamieFC_) December 3, 2018
Hi I’m just letting you know that @_DeclanRice is the second best defensive midfielder in the premier league after Kante
— Tom (@Tom_W1610) December 2, 2018
Declan rice is better than Eric dier and that is undebatable.
— josh (@JoshyLondon) December 2, 2018