David Moyes absolutely raved about West Ham new-boy Tomas Soucek, when speaking exclusively to the Evening Standard.
The 24-year-old joined the Hammers on loan until the end of the season from Slavia Prague in January.
The east London outfit have an option to buy the midfielder too.
Soucek, a 20-capped Czech Republic international, has made two starts for West Ham already. And he has impressed in both games.
One of his main strengths is clearly his energy and work ethic. And he has shown that in abundance during his first two outings in a Hammers shirt.
And Moyes alluded to that, when speaking to the Evening Standard:
“I mean Tomas, we believe, ran more the other night than any West Ham player has run for five or six years. Which you have to say for someone who’s just arrived at the club is an incredible stat. I don’t think [he is showing up the others], I think his numbers were just so big. I’m not going to give them to you. I had a feeling when we signed him that that was one of his strengths. At West Ham we talked about needing some legs, a bit more energy, running, covering the ground more. If I’ve got it right, we think it’s the furthest of anybody in six years.”
Soucek ran 13 km against Manchester City, according to the Evening Standard. And at the end of the game, he looked like he could have run another 13.
The 24-year-old’s stats really have been impressive thus far. In two Premier League games, he has racked up seven tackles, six interceptions, five clearances, one block and five ball recoveries. The midfielder has also won seven aerial duals (premierleague.com).
West Ham seem to have a very good player on their hands. And if they avoid the drop, the Czech’s temporary move to east London will surely become a permanent one in the summer.