West Ham ace Tomas Soucek has been well off the pace over the past month or so and David Moyes shouldn’t even be thinking about starting him against Rapid Vienna tonight.
The 26-year-old midfielder joined the Hammers on loan from Slavia Prague in January 2020 before making his move to the London Stadium a permanent one for around £17.7 million just six months later (WHUFC.com).
Soucek has proven to be an incredible addition for West Ham.
He has hardly missed a game for the East London outfit and always gives 110%.
The Czech Republic international never stops running and has brought a certain kind of athleticism, dynamism and winning mentality to David Moyes’s side that we didn’t possess before his arrival.
There is a genuine danger that Soucek is being run into the ground, however. He has looked very leggy over the past month or so.
If anyone is in need of a rest it’s him.
David Moyes must avoid Tomas Soucek temptation for West Ham clash with Rapid Vienna
Tonight’s clash with Rapid Vienna should be the ideal time for the 26-year-old Czech ace to be given the night off.
Moyes could then draft in Alex Kral to play alongside Declan Rice in the middle of the park.
Sure, Kral is still somewhat of an unknown commodity, but if he can’t cut it against the likes of Rapid Vienna will there really be any point signing him permanently in the summer?
The 23-year-old midfielder needs to be given a proper chance to shine and there is no time like the present.
By starting Kral, Soucek will get some much needed rest.
The problem Moyes has is that the former Slavia Prague ace wants to play every minute of every game. The Scot needs to be firm though. Not playing tonight will do Soucek the world of good in the long run.
Especially considering how hectic our fixture list is over the next five weeks or so.
Moyes needs to play the long game tonight. And besides, a midfield of Declan Rice and Alex Kral should be more than strong enough to get the job done for West Ham against Rapid Vienna.