Football.London reported on Friday that West Ham are exploring a deal to sign Slavia Prague defensive midfielder Tomas Soucek, and some Hammers fans took to Twitter in reaction to the speculation.
The Hammers are in desperate need of more athleticism and physicality in the middle of the park.
Declan Rice and Mark Noble have done a decent job this season, but David Moyes has little to choose from in reserve.
Carlos Sanchez’s display against West Brom yesterday proved that he should be nowhere near the West Ham squad, let along the starting XI.
And Soucek would undoubtedly solve that issue.
The 6ft 4in Czech Republic international is an absolute warrior.
The 24-year-old recorded very impressive statistics in the Champions League for Slavia Prague this season. According to Who Scored, he won an average of four aerial duals per game, with a pass completion rate of 82.6%.
Soucek also averaged 2.5 tackles, 2.5 interceptions, 2.8 clearances and 0.5 blocks per game in six Champions League outings.
The Czech ace is also a threat in the final third, with 12 goals to his name in 26 outings for Slavia Prague this season.
And many West Ham fans were excited by links with the giant midfielder…
would be very interested in this one, only 24 and already their captain, think he scored a great goal against Chelsea too
— Matt (@MattR_WHUFC) January 24, 2020
He is by far the best player in the Czech republic. Rock in the defence but beast in the offence. He also had some incredible running stats in champions league. Also Atalanta Bergamo and AS Monaco are interested.
— AntonAusTirol (@AntonAusTirol6) January 24, 2020
We won’t get him unless he wants PL football, I definitely can’t see Slavia letting him go for under £15m & I’d rather sign Sangaré!
However, he’s an absolute unit, great engine, excellent in the air & decent passer!
Walks into the side next to Rice
— Steven McCarthy 🅥 (@StevenMcCarthy9) January 24, 2020
Would be a great addition either beside or as understudy for Rice (need another DM incase Rice misses games). We could still do with a B2B midfielder (or 2) though.#GSBOUT
— David Clerihew (@DavidClerihew) January 24, 2020
He’s a very good player
— James Gunn (@jamesgunn_) January 24, 2020
Looks class tbf
— TikTok: DefensiveRio (@PerfectPoveda) January 24, 2020
— Benjamin 🇬🇧➡️ (@benjamin2018x) January 24, 2020
wow, what a player, get him signed
— Stephen George Lott (@stephenlott) January 26, 2020
There are a few players in that Slavia Prague team I wouldn’t mind bringing to West Ham. Soucek being one of them.
— Brad (@Bradley_Todd) January 24, 2020
Someone I have actually watched a number of times! Good record and has even done well in European comps. Signed a new deal last summer I think
— Matt ⚒ Gladwell (@CarltonGoal) January 24, 2020
Hope is true! Apparently never bid for Cash.
Of Soucek can make the Jump he could do a good job very highly rated by Czech Fans very tall but has some pace & is versatile also like Toure a Captain so could add so much needed leadership too.
— Joshua (@SchroerJr) January 25, 2020
Pay it & buy C.Doucouré as well for under £7m!
I’d rather sign Sangaré but we won’t till the Summer at least but we need a massive squad overhaul!
Sanchez & Zab will be off, Wilshere we should release.
But we need quality to come in & at the very least, if we go down, sell well
— Steven McCarthy 🅥 (@StevenMcCarthy9) January 25, 2020