Jamie Carragher reckons Manchester United-linked Declan Rice could transition from being a defensive midfielder to playing at centre-back.
The former Liverpool defender told Sky Sports (via Daily Mail): “He reminds me a bit of myself. I started in midfield and went back to centre-back. I’m a big fan of Declan Rice because he’s come in and had people say he’s great over difference stages. Then this season he’s struggled a bit.
“When he gets on the ball and he gets his head up and he’s looking forward, I think the lad can pass and I think he’s got something about him. I think at centre-back he won’t have those receiving-the-ball problems with his back to play, if you like.
“Everything will be in front of him and in terms of actually stepping out with the ball, whether the teams he went to played a back three, I think he would be perfect in that type of system, and I think he can pass certainly when he’s looking forward.”
“I think he’s better on the ball than he’s actually given credit for. I think he can really pass.”
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Before the Premier League season was suspended we saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer play with a back-three. Brandon Williams stayed in the team on the left flank, while Luke Shaw came back into the side playing in that trio.
Shaw played some of his best football in a United shirt and this gives Solskjaer an option for the future, but I think the manager will look for someone stronger for that role.
Carragher raises some interesting points.
Rice would bring a lot of height to the team and you could see him playing in a back-three with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof.
As a young England international, something Solskjaer has looked to when building his team, Rice would be a versatile option. I think he’d improve United.
It comes down to West Ham’s valuation of the player. Hopefully they go down and we sign Rice at a fraction of the price the Hammers would want.
According to the Telegraph, West Ham feel they could be forced into selling Rice this summer.