Kevin Phillips has claimed Declan Rice “does not look the player we thought he would be” as he pointed the finger for West Ham troubles.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Premier League striker namechecked Rice and his feted teammates Felipe Anderson and Sebastien Haller for not living up to their reputations.
Phillips claimed the big names “have not performed” and must take responsibility for turning around what has become a dreadful campaign.
The appointment of David Moyes as the replacement for Manuel Pellegrini in December has failed to have the desired effect in terms of results.
West Ham are in the relegation zone and fighting for Premier League survival.
“Players have not performed,” Phillips told Football Insider. “Declan Rice does not look the kind of player we thought he would be.
“Losing Felipe Anderson is a blow because he is a good player. Of course, Haller has not scored the goals that David and the fans would have liked. It is a combination of things.
“It is going to be tough, but David Moyes has done it before, he has the experience but ultimately the players need to step up and give performances. It is going to be a struggle for them.”
Rice, 21, is highly regarded at West Ham and has been a mainstay of the starting XI since breaking into the side two years ago.
He has played every minute of the club’s Premier League campaign this season and already made 96 first-team appearances since graduating from the youth ranks.
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