Manager claims Spurs have ‘exceptional’ player who is inspiring West Ham star


West Ham manager David Moyes has hailed Tottenham striker Harry Kane as an ‘exceptional’ leader and says he is playing a big role in inspiring the growth of Declan Rice. 

The pair have emerged as two of England’s prized possessions in recent seasons, with Kane currently owning possession of the captain’s armband for the Three Lions. 

Meanwhile, Rice has grown into one of the best midfielder’s in Europe and has quickly become a player that others can turn to despite being just 23 years of age.

He is already West Ham’s captain and having recently assumed responsibility from club icon Mark Noble.

And Moyes believes Rice working with Spurs talisman Kane has been a key part of his role in becoming a leader for West Ham so quickly. 

He told the club’s official website: “I look at some exceptional leaders for England. I look at Jordan Henderson, Harry Maguire, Harry Kane, so many people who are excellent leaders.

“And the good thing Declan Rice has had is the opportunity to see how they operate.

“Then, he’s also had a brilliant, loyal captain who, for many years, has carried the dressing room at a football club like West Ham, in Mark Noble.

“You hope that Declan’s looking at them and how to operate here, because leadership can come in different forms.

“Some people lead through talking and communicating, others through their actions, so there are many different ways leadership is important.

“Mark Noble over the years has done that here at West Ham, and Declan at the moment is doing a really good job of following.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

Kane shows leadership every week for Spurs despite not being captain and he shows that for England too. The national side has a lot of options to turn to in terms of leadership, so Rice is essentially spoilt for choice when it comes to learning from them.  

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