Gary Neville and Jamie Redknapp raved about West Ham ace Tomas Soucek during Sky Sports’ broadcast of last night’s game.
The Hammers beat Watford 3-1 in the end, and in doing so, have assured their Premier League survival barring a massive goal difference swing over the final two games.
David Moyes will be delighted with how all of his players performed in what was a must win game for West Ham.
And Tomas Soucek was once again one of the standout performers.
The 25-year-old was absolutely everywhere against Watford. The Czech Republic international scored West Ham’s vital second goal with a brilliant header, and he was quite simply unplayable in the air throughout the entirety of the match.
Jamie Redknapp was the first to praise Soucek, when speaking on Sky Sports at 20:24 last night:
“Soucek, he’s fantastic in the air. He’s won more headers than anyone else since lockdown. And he is so important to this team because of his power and size.”
And then Neville weighed in, suggesting that he likes the West Ham midfielder (21:14):
“He’s a target for goal kicks and is a real presence in both boxes. I like him.”
Last night, Soucek made three clearances, one tackle, won eight out of a possible nine aerial duals and nine out of 11 individual duals (Football Critic).
The Czech ace also scored a really important goal for his team.
Having paid a £3.5 million loan fee for the 25-year-old in January, West Ham can sign him for a further £13.5 million at the end of the season if they stay up (The Guardian).
And with that now all but certain, it seems as though Soucek will be a Hammers player for the long term.