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Opinion: West Ham could blow Brighton away if David Moyes drops under-fire Tomas Soucek

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Opinion: West Ham could blow Brighton away if David Moyes drops under-fire Tomas Soucek

West Ham United boss David Moyes must drop Tomas Soucek for Sunday’s clash with Brighton at the London Stadium.

Soucek has been a passenger for the Hammers over the past year really, and Moyes cannot afford to start him on Sunday, in my opinion.

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Firstly, I have to make it very clear that I love Tomas Soucek. He puts his heart and soul into every performance for the Hammers and lays absolutely everything on the line.

The 27-year-old does not stop running and he has proven time and time again that he will put his body on the line for this football club. West Ham signed big Tomas on a permanent deal from Slavia Prague two years ago for around £15 million (Daily Mail). And he instantly endeared himself as a fan favourite to the London Stadium faithful.

In spite of all that, Soucek has been completely ineffective for West Ham over the past 6-12 months. He seems to have lost his goalscoring instinct, and whilst his role for the Hammers has undoubtedly changed, his positioning, body shape and shooting technique all seem to be well off.

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One of the 52-capped Czech Republic international’s worst features is his ability when in possession of the football. And on top of that, his passing ability is very poor as well. This slows West Ham down in transition, and we cannot afford to be laborious in our build-up play against a very energetic Brighton side…

David Moyes should drop Tomas Soucek for West Ham vs Brighton clash

The Hammers welcome Brighton to the London Stadium tomorrow and will be looking to end our 10-game winless run against them.

West Ham haven’t beaten Brighton since 2012! And we could do with nothing more than ending that run tomorrow afternoon.

If we are to have any chance of beating the Seagulls at the London Stadium, Moyes cannot afford to start Soucek.

Brighton are one of the very best footballing teams in the Premier League and the way they keep the ball means that they are able to pass teams to death.

In the current heat, chasing shadows for 90 minutes is simply not sustainable.

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So in order to prevent that, the West Ham players need to be right on it with regards to their ball retention. We all know how poor Soucek is when in possession of the football. Sure, he has plenty of other redeeming attributes, but this is a game that he needs to sit out.

We think that Moyes should play Pablo Fornals alongside Declan Rice in the middle of the park tomorrow afternoon, with Said Benrahma in the number 10 position flanked by Maxwel Cornet and Jarrod Bowen.

Fornals is very good with the ball at his feet and his calmness in possession combined with his exceptional vision and passing ability should help us get on the front foot against Brighton.

Soucek is a genuinely lovely bloke who never gives anything less than 100%. It’s time for Moyes to take him out of the firing line though. Perhaps a week out of the team will do him good.

West Ham desperately need a win against Brighton tomorrow afternoon. And Fornals starting in the middle instead of Soucek should give us a good chance of getting the three points.

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