By Peter Lynch

24th Mar, 2023 | 2:10pm

Tomas Soucek hints at stance on West Ham future after David Moyes axe

West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek has confirmed he has no issues at the club after a brief period out of David Moyes’s starting XI, according to iDNES.

A regular starter for the majority of the campaign, Soucek began three successive Premier League matches on the bench earlier this year.

He was dropped for the meetings with Everton, Newcastle and Chelsea, with Lucas Paqueta preferred by manager Moyes.

Responding to a suggestion that he had recently lost his starting place at West Ham, Soucek told iDNES: “The fact that I did not play two or three games at West Ham in the Premier League does not mean that I would lose my place in the team. 

“We play cups and a lot of matches, so my workload is, I would say, maximum. I am satisfied and I hope it will continue anyway.”

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Despite his brief period out of the starting XI, Soucek remains a key player in West Ham’s midfield, with his presence on the pitch set to be crucial in the club’s fight for survival.

He has definitely fallen away in terms of his attacking presence and goals, hitting tallies of 10 and six in the last two seasons respectively, compared to just two goals this season.

But with plenty of attackers in the squad, it is Soucek’s energy and aggression in midfield that will matter most.

Moreover, his comments are justified, with Moyes rotating his squad amid injuries and away trips in Europe, with the manager trying to utilise all of his players in the most efficient way.

Given the recent talk around a potential exit for fellow midfielder Declan Rice, Soucek’s role within the squad could be elevated even further next season.

The Czech Republic international has shown his leadership abilities for his nation, currently donning the captain’s armband.