Tomas Soucek put in another tepid display for West Ham United against Manchester City this afternoon.

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The 26-year-old has been absolutely brilliant for the Hammers since moving to the London Stadium in January 2020.

Soucek joined on loan initially but his move to West Ham was made permanent for around £15 million in July 2020 (Daily Mail).

He has clearly been absolutely knackered over the past month or so though.

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Soucek is obviously suffering with somewhat of a confidence crisis as well.

The easy option would be to drop the Czech Republic ace for a couple of games. However, David Moyes has quite the predicament on his hands.

Is this the only reason why Tomas Soucek hasn’t been dropped for West Ham United?

The 26-year-old is undoubtedly in the red zone. He has played pretty much every minute of every game for the Hammers this season.

We think that dropping Soucek, or giving him a rest, should be a no-brainer for David Moyes.

There is one reason why the Scot’s decision isn’t as easy as it appears, however.

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Standing at 6ft 4in tall, the Czech ace is vital for us when defending set-pieces.

He has won 44 aerial duels in 13 Premier League games (3.38 p/g) for West Ham – more than any other midfielder (

If Moyes drops Soucek, he will either bring in Alex Kral, Manuel Lanzini or even Mark Noble. None of whom are anywhere near as good in the air as Soucek.

Moyes is a very programatic coach and will always prioritise a solid base defensively over any kind of attacking flair.

And we believe that that is the sole reason why he hasn’t given Soucek a rest in the Premier League yet.

The 26-year-old desperately needs to be taken out of the firing line. Nothing is going his way at the moment.

His importance from defending set plays means that he is nigh-on indispensable for West Ham though.

The only way of solving that issue is to bring in another central midfielder with similar physical characteristics and attributes to Soucek.

Either that or just accept that we might be easier to get at aerially.

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It really is a conundrum for Moyes. But one that the West Ham boss must resolve for the good of West Ham’s season.

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