Declan Rice has made a noteworthy observation about West Ham United’s attacking style, reports the HammerNews.
Despite signing eight technically-gifted players in the summer, the team has struggled to perform in the Premier League this season due to a change in tactics by David Moyes. However, the manager opted to switch back to a counter-attacking approach with the old guard in the recent match against Fulham, which resulted in a 1-0 win.
While it was not the aesthetically-pleasing football that fans are accustomed to, it got the job done. Many supporters were likely brought up on a different style of play at Upton Park.
Following the win over Fulham on Saturday, Rice shared his thoughts with reporters and hinted that West Ham can be “frightening” when playing counter-attacking football. He stated, “Over the last two years, we’ve mostly played counter-attacking football.”
“So, that today probably was us of the last two years in terms of sitting in strong, being compact and hard to beat, and then catching teams on the counter-attack. That’s why we did so well in Europe, did so well in the Premier League. We probably played a bit better with the ball in those days and could have been a bit better with the ball today but I think that suits us most, when we counter-attack teams, with the likes of Benrahma, Antonio, Bowen. When we can get past that press and we’re out, I think we look frightening going forward.”