West Ham boss David Moyes admitted that West Ham players Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek are starting the show the effects of playing so many games this season.

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The Hammers earned another brilliant away win yesterday, beating Crystal Palace 3-2 at Selhurst Park.

The end result was a lot closer than we would have liked but three points are three points. They are never easy to come by away from home in the Premier League.

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West Ham have got our season back on track with back-to-back wins and we are now sitting in fifth spot in the Premier League table just one point adrift of fourth placed Arsenal.


We have escaped from the Christmas period unscathed despite a few dodgy results and now we should be able to really kick on in the second half of the season.

David Moyes makes Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek admission

The England and Czech Republic international has been vital for the Hammers over the past couple of years.

The duo have formed arguably the best central midfield pivot in the Premier League and we need them both to bit fit and firing on all cylinders between now and the end of the season.

When speaking to reporters yesterday though, Moyes suggested that both Rice and Soucek are beginning to tire, as quoted by Football.London:

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“Him and Tomas Soucek are starting to show they have played a lot of football. In this last week and not just this week but with the Carabao Cup as well we have had a busy schedule.”

Having played so many games this season, both players can be excused for being slightly tired.

The good news is that West Ham don’t play again until January 9th – an FA Cup clash with Leeds at the London Stadium.

A couple of days off for Soucek and Rice now would do them both the world of good.

West Ham are flying again now and the players and fans are starting to believe that a top four finish is a realistic prospect this season.

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In order to shatter the status quo and finish inside the top four though, Moyes must give his players enough time to rest and recuperate when given the chance.

And this next week should provide him with the opportunity to do exactly that.

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