James Wood Fan Mailbag: Will Soucek be at West Ham next season?
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The signing of Tomas Soucek has been nothing short of remarkable as the Czech international has taken West Ham and the Premier League by storm.
As things stand, he is our top goalscorer in the top flight, with nine. He’s also started every game for the Hammers this season. He’s a shoo-in for Hammer of the Year. Soucek could even make the shortlist for PFA Player of the Year at this rate.
But with such dominating performances and vital goals for the team, inevitably, other clubs will express their interest. Whilst there have been no official offers for Soucek, you get the feeling that we’ll do well to keep hold of him.
We asked for your burning questions about the Hammers this week for West Ham Zone editor James Wood to answer. One fan wanted to know if we will be able to keep Soucek in east London this summer.
Currently, there is no reason to believe we won’t keep hold of the big man this summer. Our chances should grow if we qualify for Europe. When asked about Declan Rice and Soucek’s futures, David Moyes joked that it would take a serious amount of money to lure either of the pair away from the London Stadium.
He said: “I don’t know where the Bank of England is for Tomas Soucek but I’ve said with Declan, it would take the Bank of England and the Royal Bank of Scotland to get him. It will have to be the Bank of Czech as well for Tomas!” (Mirror). In short, Moyes has no intention of letting Soucek or Rice go.
This statement was backed up by first-team coach Stuart Pearce. Whilst appearing on talkSPORT, Pearce was asked if the 26-year-old would leave West Ham at the end of the season.
Pearce stood firm, saying: “No, he’s happy here and he’s not going anywhere, that’s for sure. He’s got a wonderful attitude to work, on his days off he comes into work. He’s just really an absolute pleasure to work with.”
The club are clearly trying to make him feel as comfortable as possible, too. After his winner in the 1-0 victory at Everton, Soucek gave the ‘potato salad’ interview. He said he’s used to having a more relaxed Christmas break than the hectic Premier League period.
Staff at Rush Green rewarded Soucek for his efforts, catering for him potato salad when he next arrived at the training ground (The Sun). It isn’t much, but it’s gestures like these that show the club are trying to support him as best they can and make him happy. We’re confident he will stay this summer.
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