By Anthony Onifade

21st Nov, 2023 | 5:40pm

West Ham United: Czech Republic newspaper reacts to Tomas Soucek display v Moldova

West Ham United midfielder Tomáš Souček both captained and scored for the Czech Republic in a 3-0 win over Moldova which confirmed their place at the 2024 UEFA European Championship.

The Czech headed into Monday evening’s (20 November) home clash with Moldova at the Andrův Stadion in Olomouc knowing a point would be enough to send them through to their eighth consecutive UEFA European Championship finals. 

Goals from David Doudera, Tomas Chory and West Ham man Soucek means the Czech Republic’s qualifying campaign concludes with four wins and three draws from eight matches played, earning them 15 points and assuring them a spot in the top two of Group E.

After the result, Czech newspaper iSport (21 November) shared their reaction to Soucek’s display, handing him a “7/10” rating writing:

“With his forehead stitched together, he blamed his partner Sadílek for impetuousness several times at the beginning. The captain knew that the team needed to calm down more than anything. In the end, he finished the qualification with the third hit.”

West Ham boost

While Soucek’s club and international teammate Coufal was banished from the side’s win last night after his actions over the weekend going to a nightclub against orders, Soucek was busy claiming the spotlight again for his country.

The West Ham United man hasn’t enjoyed the best of campaigns so far but still remains a trustworthy and reliable component for both his club and country.

With the Hammers set to undergo a testing and crucial run of games in the coming weeks, Moyes will certainly be boosted by Soucek’s displays for his country.

It is one he must carry forward into his West Ham United performances as they certainly need him at his best again after injury blows to Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen.

And it’s time Soucek proves why he deserves to prolong his West Ham United career with plenty of interest in his services and his contract coming to a close next summer. The ball is in his court once more.

In other West Ham news, a pundit has shared his “incredible” verdict on star midfielder James Ward-Prowse.