West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice says he’s “honoured” to be included in the six-man PFA Young Player of the Year shortlist.

The 20-year-old has enjoyed a brilliant season at the London Stadium, making 35 club appearances and breaking into the England set-up, and has played every single minute of the Hammers’ last 30 league outings.

Speaking to the West Ham website after his nomination, the no. 41 was thrilled to earn recognition for his contributions this term.

I am proud and honoured to have been nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award. Any time you receive recognition is welcome, but it is extra special when you know it has come from the players who you play against week-in, week-out in the Premier League. It has already been an amazing season for me personally and I hope now I can help the team finish strongly.

Rice has made more tackles than any other West Ham player and ranks in the top three for minutes played, touches, passes made, interceptions and blocks while excelling in a deep-lying midfield role.

He joins Manchester City duo Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling, Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Bournemouth’s David Brooks in contention for the annual award.

The winner will be announced at the Grosvenor House in London next Sunday, where Rice could top off a great campaign.


Who deserves the PFA Young Player of the Year award?