Frank McAvennie has identified the “ideal replacement” for Declan Rice if West Ham cannot keep their star midfielder.
The academy graduate initially burst onto the scene in his preferred midfielder position but, after a position change by former West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini, he is now one of the best midfielders in the country.
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Lewis Ferguson described as Declan Rice’s ‘ideal replacement’
At West Ham, Rice is allowed to express himself and get the ball out of midfield with David Moyes and even managed to score a 30-yard yell against Watford last season.
Given their meteoric rise and versatility, it is perhaps not a surprise to see Chelsea interested in their former academy graduate who scored his first goal for England on Wednesday night.
And McAvennie, who won the hearts of Hammers fans alongside Tony Cottee at Upton Park, believes Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson is the perfect man to replace West Ham’s No.41 if he leaves.
Talking to Football InsiderHe said: “I think Lewis Ferguson will go to the Premier League. I think Lewis could fill his space. It’s like by like. He is a young, energetic player, who handles the ball well, can tackle and can go ahead and score goals.
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Rice is perhaps West Ham’s most important player
LEWIS FERGUSON SCOTLAND PREMIERSHIP STATS – 2020/21
Age: 21 Positions: Midfielder Games: 12 Goals: 8 Assists: 2 Tackles (90): 1.8 Interceptions (90): 1.7 Pass hit rate: 81%
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Ferguson is a complete midfielder who is capable of scoring goals.
“I don’t want Declan to leave, but I wouldn’t mind if Lewis Ferguson took his place. I would love to see him at West Ham because he is a fantastic player.
“I don’t want Declan Rice to leave, but if he were, I think Ferguson would be the ideal replacement for him. There’s been a lot of talk about Declan and if he leaves I think the Ferguson kid is ready for the Premier League.
“He is very young and is a good, organized player. It’s a revelation going to England, but it would only benefit him. “