Darren Bent insists that West Ham selling Declan Rice would “be the last straw” for fans but understands why the club might cash in.
The former Aston Villa and Tottenham star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 21-year-old is a promising young player but that he has not been hugely influential at the London Stadium.
Manager David Moyes has admitted the Hammers might have to sell Rice in order to build as a club, using Wayne Rooney and Joleon Lescott as examples of the same situation during his time at Everton.
With unrest among the supporters already, Bent says that the sale of one of their top stars would infuriate the fans but admits he could see why they might choose to sell up.
Bent told Football Insider: “It would be the last straw for fans and I get it it, he’s a very, very good player, great youngster, bags of ability and one for the future, but he’s not exactly someone who changes lives at West Ham.
“I understand that they could sell him for a lot of money, cash in on him but he’s not someone who’s like a gamechanger – scores goals, creates goals.
“Defensively they’ve not been great so yeah, he’s a very good player but he’s not a gamechanger.”
Rice is closing in on 100 appearances for the Irons since breaking through the youth system in east London, earning his place in the England squad through his performances.
This season has seen him play 26 times across all competitions, featuring in every single minute of the club’s 25-game Premier League campaign so far.
In other West Ham news, Danny Mills has suggested that a fans’ favourite could be sold.