West Ham could have an absolute dream midfield next season…as long as they avoid relegation from the Premier League.
Carlos Sanchez will undoubtedly be leaving the Hammers at the end of this season. And Mark Noble, who will turn 33 next week, will surely play a reduced role next term.
David Moyes will still have plenty of options, however.
And the prospect of Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek sitting behind Pablo Fornals in a midfield three should be a really exciting one for West Ham fans.
The three midfielders all compliment each other perfectly. And they could be the cornerstone of a really successful era for the east London outfit.
Retaining Premier League status is vital for the Hammers
In order for Soucek, Rice and Fornals to be playing regularly next season, West Ham definitely need to stay up.
The Hammers paid a £3.5 million loan fee for Soucek in January, and could make the signing a permanent one in the summer for a further £13.5 million, according to the Guardian.
But that depends on what division the east London outfit are playing in.
If West Ham get relegated they will probably not be able to make the Czech’s deal permanent. On top of that, Rice will also surely be sold. And who knows where Fornals’ future will lie?
But if the Hammers avoid the drop, their future could be very bright indeed.
Three players are the perfect blend of skill and substance
At 25, 21 and 24, Soucek, Rice and Fornals could form the heartbeat of David Moyes’s side for the next seven or eight years.
The Czech Republic and England internationals are perfectly suited to sit in front of the back four. The Spaniard, meanwhile, is more technically gifted, and can provide the creativity that West Ham need in the middle of the park.
He has been shunted out on the left for the majority of his Hammers career thus far. But he is clearly more effective when playing centrally.
The three players really would be a dream combination for Moyes. And West Ham would have to spend minimal money to make that dream a reality.
They must retain their Premier League status to make it happen, however. And that is far from guaranteed at the moment.