“He’s so physically strong and powerful that you can’t catch him” – Mark Noble claims Manchester United prime midfield target looks ‘on another planet’ at times
West Ham United captain Mark Noble shares his thoughts on Manchester United target Declan Rice with prospects who can emulate the likes of Steven Gerrard, Paul Scholes, and Frank Lampard.
Manchester United have, in recent months, been constantly linked with the 23-year old Rice.
The central midfielder has shown comprehensive improvement in his attacking game recently.
He has scored three goals and made four assists in 26 appearances across competitions this season. Mark Noble believes that Rice can easily increase his goal-return as well.
Speaking on Vibe with Five, he said: “I don’t know if you’ve seen in the last six months how he’s improved his game where he drops the shoulder and he drives past you, and he just looks on another planet when he does that.
“He’s so physically strong and powerful that you can’t catch him. He does that so well now, and when he gets outside the box, his striking of the ball is top-notch, and he can score even more goals.”
Noble compared his own days as a young Premier League midfielder with that of Rice and claimed that he never had the same kind of strength. He said:
“I’m pretty sure he’ll bring that to his game because he keeps learning. When I look at his game, and I watch him play and I watch him in training, I never had his strength and his legs. I could play, but I never had that sort of power.”
Noble further added: “For me watching on, if he becomes and I still think he’s one of the best in the world at it now like the Steven Gerrard mould where he’s getting 10, 12 a season from that position, and that in assists as well, you’re going on to be one of the best in the world.”