In his first full season in the first team in the 2017/18 season, Rice played 26 league games, playing a mixture of central defender and defensive midfield with the season-ending in him being runner-up in West Ham’s Player of the Year voting.
Since his integration into the first team at such a young age, Rice has gone from strength to strength for West Ham and he truly is now one of Europe's best in his role. His performances have seen him capped by England 27 times including being a mainstay in England’s run to the Euro’s final and being one of their best players too.
Rice’s form has also seen his club West Ham rise through the Premier League ranks, being one of the main parts in them qualifying for the Europa League last season, whilst being arguably their best player en route to easing through the knockout rounds; Rice scored two goals in Europe as well as getting the Man of the Match three times.
The England star has improved year on year in his career, but when he first came into the West Ham team, there was some worry that he wouldn't be good enough on the ball to become a top-level player in central midfield. However, Rice has progressed as good as the likes of Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho, and other young stars of a similar age, just sadly for defensive midfielders, their goal contributions are never high and therefore, never get the accolades they deserve.
Regardless, as he is the captain in the absence of Mark Noble and ahead of experienced talents like Lukas Fabianksi and Michail Antonio, it's clear to see he is special behind the scenes too.