EXCLUSIVE

Danny Mills has been left raving over the consistent levels of performance shown by West Ham midfielder Declan Rice after the club’s 0-0 draw with Aston Villa.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Manchester City and England defender says that the young enforcer stood out for the Hammers at Villa Park on a night where attacking quality was at a premium.

The Irons managed just one shot on target compared to Villa’s five, Manuel Pellegrini’s men playing the final 23 minutes with 10 men after Arthur Masuaku’s sending off.

Mills says Rice’s display in the middle of the park was the biggest positive for the east Londoners to take away from the midlands and that he is showing the sort of consistent performances needed to grow into a success in the Premier League.

Asked who was the Hammers’ standout performer on Monday, Mills told Football Insider: “Declan Rice is there or thereabouts. For a young player he’s getting those very high levels of consistency which is very, very important. 

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“He just needs to keep doing that and then he’ll just get stronger and stronger. For most teams outside the top-six, they’re going to lack a little bit of consistency and that’s why they’re not in the top-six.

Rice has played every minute of West Ham’s Premier League season so far, with two wins, two draws and a defeat under their belts.

He was also a mainstay for England during the international break, playing against both Bulgaria and Kosovo.

In other West Ham news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider that Pellegrini will be fuming with a “complacent” senior star at the London Stadium.