Darren Bent has suggested that Declan Rice has “outgrown” West Ham and needs to leave the club in order to continue his development.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and Aston Villa striker claimed that the Hammers looked “like a sinking ship” following their opening day defeat against Newcastle United.
The 21-year-old produced an uncharacteristically poor performance last night as David Moyes’s side suffered a 2-0 defeat to Newcastle courtesy of goals from Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick.
The centre-midfielder has been the subject of numerous bids from Chelsea this summer and Football Insider understands that the Blues latest offer is to include Ross Barkley as part of the deal.
Rice did not miss a minute of Premier League action last season and was integral to the Hammers avoiding relegation.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the England international’s display on Saturday, Bent said:
“We know Declan Rice is a top player that is going to go on to achieve great things.
“Yesterday was not one of his better games but he will be looking around saying that he needs more help. When you have outgrown a club a player starts to think, ‘Come on. I need more than this.’
“Declan Rice will give 100 per cent every single game but for his own development I would love to see Declan Rice go onto the next level. That is when we will see the very best of him.
“Unfortunately, right now, and it is sad to say it but West Ham look like a sinking ship.”
Speaking after the loss, Rice told Sky Sports: “I don’t think we could have played any worse, to be honest with you.
“It was poor as a team and individually.”