Tomas Soucek feels that his game has been affected by the decision from David Moyes to change his role in the West Ham team.
That’s according to a report from Claret and Hugh who claim that there has been ‘tension between player and manager’ of late.
The tension between the two apparently began when the West Ham manager offered Soucek only a ‘minimal improvement’ on his current basic wage.
The 27-year-old midfielder was thought to be after more of a sharp increase on his current salary having impressed during his debut season at the London Stadium.
Soucek has undoubtedly gone off the boil this term for West Ham. The Czech Republic international still gives his all but he hasn’t been anywhere near as effective this season in the final third.
The obvious reason for that has been the fact that he has been asked to play in the deep-lying midfield role on a more regular basis in order to accommodate Declan Rice’s new box-to-box role. And that seems to have caused some friction between the midfielder and the Hammers manager…
Tomas Soucek and David Moyes ‘tension’
Claret and Hugh reckon that Moyes doesn’t believe that the Czech ace’s performances this season haven’t justified a major pay rise.
It is suggested that Soucek hasn’t been happy with the criticism that he has received this season and that he and his agents would consider a move away from the London Stadium in the summer, if any bids actually come in for him.
There may well be some truth to all of this but we find it hard to believe that the relationship between Moyes and Soucek has become so strained.
David Moyes plays Tomas Soucek week in, week out, without fail.
If the Scot really didn’t think that his recent performances justified a big pay rise, would he really be such an integral part of the current West Ham team? We doubt that highly.
There may well be some tension between the two because of the role that Moyes is asking Soucek to perform this season. But surely it’s not something that cannot be sorted out.
Soucek is much better player when arriving in the box and getting on the end of loose balls. Hopefully Moyes moves him back to the more attacking role because when Soucek plays at the base of midfield, he really isn’t good enough on the ball to impact the game positively.
His current contract expires in the summer of 2024. So he will either be sold or offered a new deal in the next 12 months.
If the 27-year-old does revert to his former role and starts scoring regularly again, perhaps a new contract will await him.