By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

29th Sep, 2022 | 10:10am

Pundit questions behind the scenes happenings at West Ham United amid poor form of Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal

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Frank McAvennie has questioned whether there is something happening behind the scenes at West Ham affecting the form of Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal.

The Hammers duo have both appeared in every Premier League game so far this season, with the side sitting in the relegation zone following five defeats in seven games.

But with both players’ individual form sliding over the last 12-18 months, McAvennie has suggested that something could be happening behind the scenes at the London Stadium to affect them as they’re “not the same players” anymore.

I don’t know what’s happening behind the scenes at West Ham, I really don’t,” he told West Ham Zone.

“Soucek’s not kicked a ball. He’s in there with Declan, still there. That’s got to change. If you’re not playing well you’ve got to be out. Soucek’s not kicked a ball.

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Last year Coufal as well, the two of them. I don’t know if it’s something to do with where they’re from, I don’t know if that’s on their mind or something like that. I don’t know.

“But they’re not the same players this year that they were last year. You’ve got to start asking questions, is there something happening behind the scenes?

The Hammers were in the market for a new right-back in the summer, having a bid rejected for Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka, while midfield was strengthened with the additions of Lucas Paqueta and Flynn Downes.

It was reported by ExWHUemployee [August 30] that David Moyes had concerns over the form of Coufal.

Both players featured for the Czech Republic during the international break, losing 4-0 to Portugal and 2-1 to Switzerland.

Soucek and Coufal are expected to start again for West Ham when they face Wolves on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League at the London Stadium.