He is likely to improve pretty quickly in the passing game if he ever plays under Pep. People get so excited about players like Jorginho hitting 150 passes but imo 148 of them, John Stones or Laporte could play if they had spent years playing that position & been allowed to do it without criticism. It's mentality rather than skill imo. Rice seems to be an intelligent player & naturally good at defending, able to run with the ball, decent at passing & also looks to me if he could become a direct attacking threat. We tried to sign Fred, then Jorginho but imo Rice would already be a better player in our squad if he'd been here since summer.