Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho suggested that West Ham boss David Moyes has found a new version of Marouane Fellaini in the form of Tomas Soucek, when speaking to Sky Sports.
Hammers boss Moyes brought the 25-year-old to the London Stadium on loan in January.
The Czech Republic international’s move was then made permanent for around £19 million in July (Football.London).
And Soucek has proven to be a huge hit at West Ham already.
The former Slavia Prague ace has made 18 Premier League appearances for the Hammers, and has chipped in with three goals in the process (premierleague.com).
During those outings, the Czech ace has racked up 39 tackles, 29 interceptions, 43 clearances and 71 ball recoveries. He has also won 153 individual duels and 100 aerial battles (premierleague.com).
And Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho spoke very highly of Soucek, when speaking to Sky Sports, comparing the 25-year-old to his former player Marouane Fellaini:
“I told them to be aware of set-pieces against, which we knew they were very strong. David has found in Soucek his new Fellaini. In the end, they were lucky, but they fought very hard to be lucky so I praise them.”
That really is quite the praise from Mourinho.
Fellaini a Mourinho favourite
The Tottenham boss once told the Sun just how important the 6ft 4in ace was to him during his reign at Manchester United.
And La Derniere Heure reported at the end of last year that the Portuguese wanted to bring the Belgian to Spurs.
So Mourinho is clearly a big fan of Fellaini. And the comparisons between the former Manchester United ace and Soucek are clear to see.
It could be argued that the West Ham ace has more about him than the Belgian, however. The 25-year-old Czech is more of a box-to-box type player. And although his aerial ability is similar to Fellaini’s, he is far more mobile and energetic than the 32-year-old ever was.
One thing’s for sure. West Ham have a seriously good player on their hands. And the £19 million that the Hammers paid for his services now seems like an absolute steal.