Darren Bent fumed over the idea that West Ham midfielder Declan Rice was a £100million player and suggested some people forget that he is still only 20-years-old.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Tottenham and Aston Villa forward pointed out that Rice was still learning his trade and to suggest he is worth £100million is absolutely ridiculous.
The Hammers were previously reported as being set to slap a £100million price tag on Rice’s head in order to price him out of a move to Manchester United who are believed to be keen on his services.
Bent made clear that Rice is going to need time to develop and that it’s not always going to happen for him but implied that in the Premier League people want results instantly so the midfielder may not get the patience he needs.
When asked if Rice’s struggles against Burnley were a good thing as he can learn from it, Bent told Football Insider: “Yeah potentially listen, some people have spoken about Declan Rice being worth something crazy like a £100million, which is crazy, ridiculous, no way right, there’s no chance but at the same time, he is a good young player.
“He is learning his trade, it’s not always going to happen for him, but he’s a very very good young player, so he’s going to need time to develop.
“But at the same time in the Premier League, people want results now and sometimes you have these regressions but listen, he is still doing well, he is still young enough, he is still learning, people forget he is still young and learning.”
Rice has played every minute of the Hammers’ Premier League campaign so far but is yet to contribute a goal or an assist to the cause.
The defensive-minded midfielder has already racked up 82 appearances for the senior team after rising up the club’s youth system to break into the first-team set-up and is contracted to stay at the London Stadium until 2024.