- Dec 28, 2012
Saying he was just Michael Carrick is understating his impact and ability. He was a mainstay in a SAF team for 7 seasons and was a highly decorated player. That's not something most players in the PL accomplish so he was very much a top class centre midfielder.Michael Carrick gets better with every year on here. He was a good player, but he was just Michael Carrick. Let’s not re-write history. Rice has a lot of football left to play in his career, but he’s currently on a totally different pedigree than Carrick ever was. Even good players become overrated here because Carrick is not some sort of all-time great midfielder. He’s Michael Carrick. Rice has probably been the best defensive midfielder in England for two years now. Almost never has a bad game.
Saying Rice is on a totally different pedigree now than Carrick ever was is a ridiculous statement. Rice is a very good player and one I would love to have here but Carrick the season before he moved to United was still a better player IMO. Carrick had a game that you knew would transfer perfectly to a top side, there are still question marks about Rice's use of the ball at the highest level.
Carrick came through when Scholes, Fabregas, Gerrard, Lampard, Essien etc were all in the league, the level of competition in CM was far above what Rice has at present. Make no mistake about it a 24 year old Carrick would be one of the most sought after players today, especially coming off the season he just had at Tottenham.
Even though Carrick was much older than Rice is today but he was pretty much a one man midfield the last time we won the league, now that's a level Rice has never reached.