David Moyes was continually barking out orders to Tomas Soucek last night, instructing the West Ham midfielder to play higher up the pitch during our Europa League clash with Rapid Vienna.
The 26-year-old has been well off the pace over the past month or so.
It seems as though he is in desperate need of a rest.
We’re not knocking Soucek. He has been an incredible player for us since moving to the London Stadium in January 2020.
The Czech Republic international is human, however. He just needs to rest his legs for a week or so.
Aside from Soucek’s fitness, his confidence seems to be dangerously low as well.
And David Moyes’s actions on the touchline during the Rapid Vienna vs West Ham clash last night proves that Soucek is a little lost at the moment.
David Moyes makes Tomas Soucek admission
The Scot was speaking to reporters after last night’s 2-0 win in Vienna.
He responded when members of the media suggested to him that he was constantly telling Tomas Soucek to play higher, as quoted by Football.London:
“I thought Tomas had dropped back and played a bit deeper and I don’t think it was needed I thought we could build up without him joining in the build-up. I wanted him to play higher ahead of it and then leave the build-up to the defenders.”
Soucek is clearly struggling with somewhat of a confidence crisis.
The old Soucek would not have to be told where to play during a game.
Moyes should take him out of the firing line against Manchester City. Just give him a rest so he is raring to go for the hectic festive period.
This isn’t the Tomas Soucek that we’ve become accustomed to seeing. Yesterday’s display against Rapid Vienna surely proved to Moyes that he needs a week or even two of rest.
We need the big Czech midfielder back to his best. And fast.