West Ham midfielder Declan Rice does not need to add goals to his games, according to Danny Mills.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Leeds and England full-back delivered his verdict after the 21-year-old scored his first England goal on Wednesday.
West Ham manager David Moyes told the London Evening Standard that he was “delighted” Rice scored his first international goal and claimed he was capable of scoring far more than he does for his club.
The versatile midfield has scored just three times for his boyhood club in 107 appearances across all competitions.
His last goal for the Irons came against Watford at the end of last season, his only goal of the campaign.
Asked by Football Insider whether Rice needs to work on scoring goals, Mills said: “It’s not what he’s in the side for.
“It’s always nice to score goals and every now and then, when he gets in those positions from set pieces because he’s a tall lad or shooting from distance then he might get a goal.
“But, that’s not what he’s in there to do. Adding goals to his game is not that important. I don’t think any coach, any manager is looking at and think ‘I’m not going to buy Declan Rice because he’s not scored enough goals.’
“Look at N’Golo Kante, Claude Makalele, you can even go as far back as David Batty, these holding midfielders didn’t score goals.
“It’s not their job, it’s not what they’re in the team to do. If he ever scores it’s a massive bonus but it’s not what you expect from him.”