West Ham boss David Moyes warns out of sorts Tomas Soucek that he and others will be replaced in his Hammers rebuild.
Moyes had bemoaned his side’s performances throughout pre-season. And his mood has been darkened by what he has seen in back-to-back defeats at the start of West Ham’s new Premier League campaign.
The Scot has remarked that his West Ham side has started to look ‘stale’.
And he insists he will be active in the transfer market right up until it closes on September 1st.
The hope is that new signings will help West Ham rediscover a spark that – bar a couple of memorable European performances – has been missing since the turn of the year.
After a meteoric rise over the last two years under Moyes, West Ham’s performances and results have dropped off since last November. And the statistics don’t lie.
Even in their first win of the season over Danish minnows Viborg on Thursday night, West Ham looked laboured and passive for much of the game.
Unfortunately the poster boy of the malaise is big Czech star Tomas Soucek.
West Ham fans have been left baffled by Soucek’s alarming drop off in form.
At first it was put down to tiredness. Then to the fact he has had to adapt his position and role in light of Declan Rice being given more freedom to get forward.
The midfielder was heavily criticised after missing a string of chances against Nottingham Forest.
He has become clumsy and slow in possession and was one of the worst players on the pitch in the win over Viborg.
Claret and Hugh have a direct line into the Hammers boardroom and their inside sources have persistently claimed for some time that Soucek has had a falling out with Moyes and that West Ham are willing to sell the Czech Republic captain.
Football Insider has made similar claims about both the apparent disagreement between Moyes and the player over a new contract as well as West Ham being willing to sell.
Many West Ham fans are now of the opinion that Moyes must sign a new central midfielder to replace Soucek.
There has been speculation linking West Ham with a host of central midfielders all summer.
West Ham boss David Moyes warns out of sorts Tomas Soucek that he and others will be replaced in rebuild
Now West Ham boss Moyes has warned out of sorts Soucek that he and others will be replaced in his Hammers rebuild.
Moyes did not mention Soucek by name when speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Brighton.
But it was clear the West Ham manager was referring to Soucek as he suggested his summer business will see players who have dropped their levels from a year or so ago replaced.
“We are in quite a big transition,” Moyes said in his pre-Brighton presser.
“You might be looking at the team and saying it is the same team as last year, but we are in a period where we are trying to introduce one or two news ones.
“We are bringing in new players and you can probably see, if you are being honest, maybe some of the players who have been here are maybe not quite the same as they were even a year ago, a year and a half ago.
“So we’ve got to look at that as well and decide when the changeover time is. We’ve got a little bit of that going on, but we’ve got to try and keep it going and keep hanging in while we’re maybe not quite ready.”
The only players that accusation could really be levelled at is Soucek, Vladimir Coufal, Aaron Cresswell and Michail Antonio.
But Soucek has, by far, seen the biggest drop off of those four.
And after these comments from Moyes it will be no surprise if he loses his place in the West Ham team if the Hammers manage to get a new central midfielder in the door.