Mills digs at Rice for 'getting carried away' after West Ham reveal
Danny Mills has told Declan Rice to stick to being a holding midfielder at West Ham United and not be too adventurous going forward.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Premier League defender delivered his verdict after Rice scored on his European debut during the week.
The 22-year-old ran with the ball from his own half before slotting it between the Dinamo Zagreb goalkeeper’s legs to seal a 2-0 win.
As quoted by football.london after the game, David Moyes revealed Rice had got “a bit of a ribbing because he does not score enough goals”.
Thursday night’s solo strike was just his sixth in 151 West Ham appearances across all competitions.
“All defensive players want to be more attacking,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“We all want to be centre-forwards, we all want to score goals and get the plaudits.
“It will be from time to time that he can burst forward and do that job. Generally, he’s going to be that player who sits in.
“Like Kalvin Phillips, we know Kalvin Phillips can also do that role but he’s a sitter and that’s his best position.
“Yes, there will be times when he can get forward but we’d all love to go forward at will and score goals.
“Declan Rice will know his value to the team in that position and shouldn’t get too carried away.
“As much as he’ll want to get forward at times, he knows how valuable the job he does is and he will feel appreciated for that job.
“I can’t see that being a huge problem.”