When speaking to reporters yesterday, West Ham boss David Moyes absolutely raved about ‘crucial’ midfield ace Tomas Soucek, as quoted by Football.London.
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The Czech joined the Hammers on loan in January, but the east London outfit have the option to make the deal a permanent one for another £13.5 million IF they remain in the Premier League this season (The Guardian).
And Soucek has already made a huge impact at the London Stadium.
The 25-year-old has added some much needed energy, dynamism and athleticism to West Ham’s engine room.
And he has racked up some impressive stats as well.
Soucek has scored two goal in eight games for the Hammers so far. He has made 17 tackles, 16 interceptions, 20 clearances and 25 ball recoveries (premierleague.com).
The Czech Republic ace has made such a big difference to the way in which West Ham play. And signing him permanently will be key for David Moyes this summer.
The 57-year-old Scot spoke to reporters yesterday and absolutely raved about Soucek, as quoted by Football.London:
“He had just started to become crucial to us near enough as soon as he arrived. He played really well at Liverpool, we were winning there when he had to come off with an injury and I think he has helped us. It is what we thought he was capable of . Quite often players and managers are judged very quickly. They need to be given a chance to bed in. But credit to Tomas, he has had an impact, he’s well liked and definitely contributing to what we’ve got.”
Moyes’s comments show that he has perhaps been slightly surprised by Soucek’s immediate impact. Foreign stars arriving in the Premier League usually take at least six months to settle down into the frenetic pace of English football.
But that hasn’t been the case with the 25-year-old at all. He has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water.
West Ham are in a great position to avoid relegation now. Four points from their last two games has put their destiny very much in their own hands.
They still need Soucek to be at his very best for their final five games, however.
And if they do indeed avoid the drop, the 25-year-old could very well go on to become a Hammers legend at the London Stadium.