West Ham United midfielder Tomas Soucek set a rare and distinguished feat in his side’s 2-1 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor on Monday night.
The Czech Republic international registered a staggering 17 aerial duel wins against a Burnley side known to be physical and good in the air.
To put that into perspective, all players combined from ten different teams couldn’t match that total in the 90 minutes while he did it singlehandedly.
This saw the West Ham official Twitter handle brag about the feat as well.
😲 Aerial duels won this weekend…
Tomas Soucek – 17
Aston Villa – 16
Burnley – 15
Leeds – 13
Spurs – 13
Newcastle – 12
Fulham – 12
Arsenal – 11
Chelsea – 11
Everton – 11
Sheff Utd – 8
THE. BIG. MAN. pic.twitter.com/acPlVtKugZ
— West Ham United (@WestHam) May 4, 2021
Starting in a midfield two along with the more attack-minded Manuel Lanzini, Soucek ensured that Sean Dyche’s side weren’t getting anything from the game playing their route one style of football.
Soucek lost only four of his attempted 21 aerial duels and followed David Moyes’ instructions to the T, which resulted in an important away for the Hammers.
We’re running out of superlatives to describe Soucek’s brilliance this season. A box-to-box midfielder predominantly, but has performed exceptionally well as a holding midfielder in Declan Rice’s absence.
Apart from him shielding the defence, he’s also a proven threat from set pieces – scoring three headers and six more with his right foot [WhoScored].
His performances haven’t earned him praises not just from the supporters and Moyes, but also opposition managers.
Before our game against Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp labelled the player and his goal threat ‘incredible’ [Liverpool official website].
Despite the attacking threat we possess in our ranks, Soucek remains our highest league goal scorer this season, level with Michail Antonio.
Soucek has been one of the main reasons why we’re in a position to end the season in the top six and maybe even the top four if Chelsea slip up in the last four games.
Interesting times lie ahead and we’re delighted to have him on board.
In other West Ham news, David Moyes says what ‘Outstanding’ Hammers ace ‘needs to do’ to play more games