After appearing to lose the trust of Pep Guardiola towards the end of last season, Rodri has seemingly cemented his place back in the Manchester City starting XI.

The Spanish holding midfielder didn't feature in either the semi-final second leg or the final of the Champions League last term, but he's bounced back this season and has played the full 90 minutes in all of City's last three Premier League games as well as being named in the starting XI to face RB Leipzig on Wednesday night.

However, given that there are still some obvious flaws in his game, the recent Europa League exploits of West Ham United's Declan Rice might have just served as a wake-up call for the 25-year-old.

Rice, whose performances over the past 12 months for both West Ham and England have reportedly alerted the attention of City, put in another excellent shift in the Hammers' 2-0 win away at Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday.

The midfielder was typically solid in shielding the back four and assured in possession, notching an impressive pass completion rate of 98%. Now, you'd be right in arguing that Rodri can do the exact same thing, but where Rice has shown that he can better the Spaniard is during transitions and attacking play.

Rodri is a great passer, and while he did show against Leipzig that he can be more adventurous in progressing the ball forward, his overall conservative nature has worried City fans for a while now.

Rodri showed a more attacking side to his game in City's 6-3 win against RB Leipzig, but Rice would still offer more

When City are winning and in control, there's nobody better than Rodri at recycling the ball and keeping possession, but when they need a goal or are soaking up pressure, he's not the man to take the game by the scruff of the neck and command the midfield.

On Thursday, as he has many times before, Rice showed that he can do all of the above. Shortly after half-time with his side holding a slender 1-0 advantage, the West Ham man pounced on a wayward pass just inside his own half. In that position, Rodri would probably have turned back and looked for a safe pass - something Guardiola would rather he do due to his limited attacking abilities.

But Rice is much more capable going forward, and so he drove forward in search of a crucial second goal. Using his pace, something Rodri lacks, he surged from the half-way line to the penalty area where he coolly slotted the ball between the onrushing goalkeeper's legs.

It was a stunning goal from the 22-year-old and one that showcased just what he could bring to Guardiola's City team.

Of course, if Rice were to join City as a Fernandinho replacement, he would play in the more defensive role of the midfield three, limiting his chances to move up the pitch.

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However, in European games in particular where City might be in need of a late goal, he has the ability to switch up his game when needed and would be much better suited to contributing to the attack than either Fernandinho or Rodri.

Links between City and Rice have cooled in recent weeks, with Leeds' Kalvin Phillips another name reportedly on Guardiola's wishlist.

Regardless, if City were to move for the West Ham captain, there's no doubt that he would bring an extra urgency and assertiveness to the holding midfield position, and Rice's stunning goal on Thursday night might be the wake-up call Rodri needs if he's to convince Guardiola he doesn't need to strengthen his midfield options.

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