Thierry Henry raves about Tomas Soucek brilliance
Former Arsenal striker and Sky Sports pundit Thierry Henry raved about West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek after watching him face Burnley on Monday night.
The Hammers took an important step towards securing top six and keeping the pressure on Chelsea for the top four.
Michail Antonio scored a brace on the night, but Soucek was the one who stole the headlines for winning 17 aerial duels in that game.
That number was more than what all players of 10 other teams managed on the weekend – showcasing just how prolific the Czech international was in the air.
Discussing his performance in the studio on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Henry said, “Soucek, he’s been brilliant. Stopping counters, putting his head on everything, scoring a lot of goals. Being efficient in both boxes. That is a great sign.”
A manager’s dream
Soucek’s had a similar, if not a greater impact than Marouane Fellaini did for David Moyes during their Everton days.
Both are towering midfield presences who are physical but equally prolific in the air, capable of being threats in both boxes.
Since joining the club on loan last January, Soucek has gone from strength to strength to become one of the manager’s first names on the team sheet.
The Hammers needed to sign him permanently in the summer, and for £15m, the 26-year-old is already looking like a bargain.
Soucek has an engine on him, making him the ideal box-to-box midfielder for the Hammers, but he has shown that he could play a more disciplined role as well, having deputised exceptionally for the injured Declan Rice.
We’re hoping that he continues putting in these kinds of performances for the remainder of the season and that no big club comes in with an offer this summer.
He’s also earned the praise of opposition managers, with Jurgen Klopp calling him ‘incredible’.
At 26, he’s at the perfect time in his career to make the step up, but Moyes and the West Ham hierarchy must rally around him and ensure that he stays put at the club.
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