West Ham United made it back-to-back Premier League wins with victory over newly-promoted Fulham on Sunday afternoon, with David Moyes’ facet having fun with a constructive week following their preliminary gradual begin to the season.
Recent from edging previous Anderlecht within the Europa League Convention in midweek, the Hammers got here from behind following an early Andreas Pereira stunner to clinch all three factors towards Marco Silva’s males, with targets from Gianluca Scamacca, Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio capping what was a nice outing for the hosts on the London Stadium.
One man who considerably underwhelmed on the day, nonetheless, was under-fire midfielder, Tomas Soucek, with the 6 foot 4 colossus having endured a disappointing begin to the season within the centre of the park.
The 27-year-old had seemingly been tipped for a departure over the summer time following a reported stall in contract negotiations with the Irons, with that uncertainty having maybe performed its half in his latest dip.
The Czech Republic worldwide had beforehand made a nice begin to life in England after becoming a member of from Slavia Prague on an preliminary mortgage deal in January 2020, notably scoring ten top-flight targets in his first full marketing campaign on the membership through the 2020/21 season.
At current, nonetheless, the 54-cap gem seems to be method in need of these earlier lofty requirements with simply one aim to his title for this time period within the league, together with his all-round sport having additionally appeared under-par in latest instances.
That was evident within the overcome the Cottagers, because the £40.5m-rated large notably misplaced possession ten instances from his 62 touches, whereas additionally profitable simply 40% of his aerial duels on the day, having failed to offer an imposing presence alongside skipper Declan Rice.
Ought to Moyes drop Soucek?
The West Ham midfield, as a complete, had been described as “passive” by journalist Joshua Mbu throughout Sunday’s win, with Soucek, specifically, failing to offer extra than simply an satisfactory display in entrance of the again 4, showcased by the truth that he ranks in simply the backside 14% for pressures made amongst these in his place throughout Europe’s high 5 leagues.
Because the Night Commonplace’s Malik Ouzia famous, the £67k-per-week man is ‘struggling to affect matches, for all he didn’t do an incredible deal mistaken’, earlier than occurring to state that the towering titan ‘may have finished with extra after Flynn Downes’ spectacular displaying in midweek’.
As alluded to above, Soucek’s place within the facet was already “in danger” heading into that newest triumph – as per The Athletic’s Roshane Thomas – because of the latest spectacular shows of summer time signing Flynn Downes, with the 23-year-old having sparkled through the midweek journey to Belgium.
With the previous Swansea Metropolis man now providing agency competitors for his teammate to accomplice the aforementioned Rice, it may properly be time for Moyes to ruthlessly ditch the Czech machine transferring ahead.