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Tomas Soucek (Midfielder)

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Tomas Soucek

Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic
Squad Number: 28
Position: Midfielder
Born: 27th Feb 1995 (Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic)
Signed: 29th Jan 2020 (£0)
Contract: 4 years (signed October 2020)
Previous Club: Slavia Prague

 

vs Chelsea

3-2: Saturday, 4th December
(Played 90 minutes)

Defensive wall, but got into the box too when Lanzini balanced the midfield. Good pass over the top for Antonio on the eventual Bowen goal.

vs Brighton & Hove Albion

1-1: Wednesday, 1st December
(Played 90 minutes)

I suspect now he's scored, people will think he's great again, but he has been consistently good defending the backline and a shaky defence would be a mess without him protecting them. The goal was smart because he could have put so much on that but tried to be deft, which worked and got the goal. Active as the shield that stopped Brighton making too many inroads with all that possession.

vs Manchester City

1-2: Saturday, 27th November
(Played 90 minutes)

He was good defensively on the deck and in the air, but is going to get a harsher 6 because his passing under pressure was rarely good enough, whilst a few forward passes when he had time and space were a little lacking. He isn't having a bad season, that is people looking too heavily at the goals tallies, but he seems to have suffered a little without Coufal there and can be less than graceful.

vs Rapid Vienna

2-0: Thursday, 25th November
(Played 90 minutes)

Controlled the middle well, the odd break through and should have scored with a big chance. Game was easy because players like him could control the opposition.

vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

0-1: Saturday, 20th November
(Played 90 minutes)

Overrun in the middle, undoubtedly. Battled gamely, but he isn't the slickest of passers and needed the help that Lanzini eventually offered.

vs Liverpool

3-2: Saturday, 6th November
(Played 90 minutes)

Compared to Rice, it looked a quieter performance. But his defending deep in front of the defence was fantastic and he protected the centre backs and Johnson so well on that side. He wasn?EUR(TM)t pushing forward much and let Rice do the roaming, but as almost a fifth centre back, he was brilliant around the box.

vs Genk

2-2: Thursday, 4th November
(Played 32 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Noble, 58) Even with the own goal to his name, the influence he had on the team and on Rice is enough to make sure he gets a solid 6. Unfortunate with the goal, the third in his own net of his career, and all for West Ham.

vs Aston Villa

4-1: Sunday, 31st October
(Played 90 minutes)

After the ref card, Villa came at West Ham with fire and outrage. The long throws were worrying but Soucek won headers on them, as well as long balls forward. Good passing to spread play too.

vs Manchester City

0-0: Wednesday, 27th October
(Played 90 minutes)

Responsible and very combative in midfield, gliding with the ball well moving forward too. His defensive performance was excellent, but loses a little shine with his poor finishing.

vs Tottenham Hotspur

1-0: Sunday, 24th October
(Played 90 minutes)

Quieter than Rice, but when the team have to fight, Tomas fights. These last few games have proven he has no European Championships hangover either, he was merely playing a different role. The balance has shifted lately to put him in the roaming role and he is catching the eye for it. That said, his best work was protecting the box late on, and the miss in the first half was a blot on his copybook.

vs KRC Genk

3-0: Thursday, 21st October
(Played 90 minutes)

A controlled performance of typical Soucek fare. Bustling, battling and bombing forward on occasion. And a lack of finesse at times too.

vs Everton

1-0: Sunday, 17th October
(Played 79 minutes)

Absolutely battled in the middle, and had the forward players been better, he and Rice's early dominance would have been key to a comfortable win. Had more freedom in this, Rice staying deeper in midfield than he has most of the season, and it worked for him.

vs Brentford

1-2: Sunday, 3rd October
(Played 90 minutes)

Slow and awkward in the first half, he?EUR(TM)s lucky his manager has faith in him to perform as he could have been dragged off at half time. Patience was rewarded with a much better second half.

vs Rapid Vienna

2-0: Thursday, 30th September
(Played 28 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Noble, 62) Very quiet but was diligent in defensive duties.

vs Leeds United

2-1: Saturday, 25th September
(Played 90 minutes)

A first half as poor as he?EUR(TM)s played for West Ham, but he recovered his composure in the second half. It helped that Leeds could not keep the tempo up, but Soucek also got into things much better and threatened in the box too.

vs Manchester United

1-2: Sunday, 19th September
(Played 90 minutes)

It may be that we have to get used to this as the normal Soucek game. With a front four the standard now, he has less freedom to roam and he also looks short of fitness. If he must play in each Europa and league game, Moyes will have to consider adding a third midfielder to share the load. He was strong defensively, much more active than the quiet Rice, but it takes some adjustment from the box-to-box midfielder of last year.

vs Dinamo Zagreb

2-0: Thursday, 16th September
(Played 90 minutes)

It is interesting to see that, even in a game we dominated, Soucek seemed to stay deeper and be more of a defensive juggernaut. 7 aerial duels won, defending his box brilliantly.

vs Southampton

0-0: Saturday, 11th September
(Played 90 minutes)

Defensively solid but that header was an easy chance, one he?EUR(TM)d have scored last season. Fine margins, but he needs to put those away. His usual self in midfield, calm and simple with the ball, combative and hardworking without.

vs Crystal Palace

2-2: Saturday, 28th August
(Played 90 minutes)

Solid if unspectacular; limited in the same way Rice was. Isn?EUR(TM)t making his way into the box as much. Either he?EUR(TM)s expecting less crosses or is needing to do more defensive work.

vs Leicester City

4-1: Monday, 23rd August
(Played 90 minutes)

Worked very well alongside Rice but was definitely the support act. Just calmly played his game, drifting around, playing simple passes, linking moves and then making his way into the area. Yet to carry the threat in the air that he did last year, but it is only two games.

vs Newcastle United

4-2: Sunday, 15th August
(Played 90 minutes)

Less of a concern in the first half than Rice or Coufal, Soucek didn?EUR(TM)t dominate the game but that goalscoring knack was apparent in how he reacted to the penalty. He got there clear of anyone else, and was unlucky late on to miss out an assist and another goal.

vs Southampton

3-0: Sunday, 23rd May
(Played 90 minutes)

As Rice went on and scored, Soucek showed again how dominant he can be as a defensive midfielder. Just stronger and smarter than the Southampton players.

vs West Bromwich Albion

3-1: Wednesday, 19th May
(Played 90 minutes)

The goal was exactly the kind he scores. Well, one of two. He?EUR(TM)s either dominating in the air or somewhere in the box where defenders have lost him. This was the latter, pulling away to the far post as everyone else watched to see what might happen. He was rewarded for that, and his aerial presence at the back was vital. Won eight headers, double that of Ogbonna, and fought in the middle too. Passing wasn?EUR(TM)t always sharp and was tackled a couple times in the middle when he could have done better, but he?EUR(TM)s proving himself to be more like an inelegant Vieira than any sort of Fellaini clone.

vs Brighton & Hove Albion

1-1: Saturday, 15th May
(Played 90 minutes)

Tried his best to be everywhere and had a good game. One piledriver blocked looked like it was going in and he did get on the end of a couple crosses. He had to sit in more as Rice?EUR(TM)s energy sapped, and as the attackers stopped doing their defensive work. Reads the game well and knows what his side needs from him.

vs Burnley

2-1: Saturday, 1st May
(Played 90 minutes)

Soucek the attacking force was quiet, but he did seem able to get up there more as Lanzini covered. It was the battle in the middle and all those headers. Yes he gave away the penalty, and it was a touch clumsy, but it was also a desperate tackle on a man who could have easily scored and trying to save the blushes of others.

vs Chelsea

0-1: Saturday, 24th April
(Played 90 minutes)

Were it not for some impressive and important defensive work, it would have been a day to completely forget for the midfielder. Set pieces were poor, and they were his only real chance to get in the box. It may be more effective to play an extra midfielder instead of an extra defender if it allows Soucek to make late runs into the box again. His one moment in the box nearly won a penalty after a dangerous shot. Losing Rice is becoming more catastrophic because we are losing the player Soucek gets to be alongside him.

vs Newcastle United

2-3: Saturday, 17th April
(Played 90 minutes)

Battled on gamely, getting into the box yet holding the midfield too. As ever, a little bit awkward sometimes on the ball, but his quality is such that his bad games are nowhere near as poor as others. The bother he causes defenders was enough to earn an innocuous penalty.

vs Leicester City

3-2: Sunday, 11th April
(Played 90 minutes)

One assist in a controlled game from Soucek. He bursts forward still, but with more awareness of what is behind him without Rice there. Late on, as Noble went off injured, Soucek became a warrior, throwing himself into tackles and headers, saving his defence on a couple of occasions.

vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

3-2: Monday, 5th April
(Played 90 minutes)

Didn?EUR(TM)t look quite as comfortable in his game without Rice, which would make sense as he and Noble are slower players and more onus was on Soucek to take the ball out of defence. He had a goal disallowed and created a big chance for Antonio, but was not great under pressure in his own half on the ball.

vs Arsenal

3-3: Saturday, 20th March
(Played 90 minutes)

His runs were scaring Arsenal early and it?EUR(TM)s his ability to ghost into the box that got him the goal. But the midfield were weak on the ball under pressure and you could see his limitations at times.

vs Manchester United

0-1: Sunday, 14th March
(Played 90 minutes)

Made the effort to get into attacks and back to battle in the middle, but his passing was a little sloppy and he was restricted by the way we played.

vs Leeds United

2-0: Monday, 8th March
(Played 90 minutes)

In the wars this evening, kicked around by Leeds player and colliding with a post too, but his defensive work in the middle stood out. A little sloppy with his passing, 63% accuracy is not good, but went box-to-box when the game suited it, before settling in to defend when the team required.

vs Manchester City

1-2: Saturday, 27th February
(Played 90 minutes)

More active than Dec, with moments in attack to complement strong defensive play. He?EUR(TM)s improving on the ball each week, and his awkward look hides a smart and sometimes graceful mover with the ball.

vs Tottenham Hotspur

2-1: Saturday, 20th February
(Played 90 minutes)

No influence in attack, but he fought all game defensively. A near 50% pass accuracy is poor, but the aerial duels won, the scrappy tackling and presence at the back stopped many an attack flourishing. More concerned when Coufal went down than when his own head dripped with blood.

vs Sheffield United

3-0: Monday, 15th February
(Played 90 minutes)

Wasn?EUR(TM)t the influence going forward he has been, but when that happens, he?EUR(TM)s usually doing very good defensive work. One tackle in the box in particular saved us from a very good chance for McGoldrick.

vs Manchester United

0-1: Tuesday, 9th February
(Played 120 minutes)

Up and down that pitch all day, lord knows where he finds the energy reserves. He was a little further forward than usual in the second half, and whilst it makes sense, he may be less dangerous when he?EUR(TM)s not ghosting in as a second option.

vs Fulham

0-0: Saturday, 6th February
(Played 90 minutes)

Made a lot of clearances and was forced very deep by our poor ball retention going forward. Maybe could have done better with a first half header. What else to say on the red card? It was so clearly accidental, not reckless and not aggressive.

vs Aston Villa

3-1: Wednesday, 3rd February
(Played 90 minutes)

What else can you say about this man? The aerial threat wasn?EUR(TM)t there so much today, but he managed to make bursts into the box often whilst still supporting the right side to defend Grealish and his pals. Arguably one of his better games on the ball and passing, he got through plenty defensive work and still managed to take four shots too. Giant of a midfielder on his current form.

vs Liverpool

1-3: Sunday, 31st January
(Played 90 minutes)

Didn?EUR(TM)t influence the game at all. Not entirely his fault, the team was so anxious on the ball that there was no time for him to do his defensive work and get up and support attacks. But he couldn?EUR(TM)t handle Liverpool?EUR(TM)s passing either, and they played around him.

vs Crystal Palace

3-2: Tuesday, 26th January
(Played 90 minutes)

Didn?EUR(TM)t put a foot wrong. The goals were brilliant, the first for its timing of the run, the second for the composure and difficulty of the finish. But he was more than goals, he settled in and defended deep in the second half and nullified Palace through the middle, dominating that battle. He was terrific at both ends and won the game for his side.

vs Doncaster Rovers

4-0: Saturday, 23rd January
(Played 90 minutes)

With the short passing and low crossing, Soucek was rarely given chance to shine. Still controlled and patrolled well in the middle and made runs into the box.

vs West Bromwich Albion

2-1: Tuesday, 19th January
(Played 90 minutes)

It is interesting that when Soucek sits deeper and gets on the ball more, Rice is comfortable to allow him to play and be his deputy. A lot of long balls out wide to open the play, his passing has definitely improved with his growing confidence. Still a bit clumsy when dribbling, but he dominated the middle and did well aerially in defence too.

vs Burnley

1-0: Saturday, 16th January
(Played 90 minutes)

Whilst quieter as an attacking threat in this game, he thrived defensively against Burnley?EUR(TM)s more rudimental approach. He was aggressive in the tackle, won eight headers and did a lot to stop the physical threat of the opponents.

vs Stockport County

1-0: Monday, 11th January
(Played 22 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Lanzini, 68) Made the difference. Had an authority about him as he consistently got on the ball and looked for openings, whilst his runs into the box were a threat unlike any that Stockport had faced from a poor West Ham attack.

vs Everton

1-0: Friday, 1st January
(Played 90 minutes)

He gets credit for pushing himself and keeping his levels up as others seemed to dip in their forward play. More passes than anyone in the team, defended strongly, especially in the air, but still found the energy to influence the attack. Those late driving runs are what won the game. They don't always get the reward, but he kept going and this time he got it.

vs Southampton

0-0: Tuesday, 29th December
(Played 90 minutes)

With concerns about the schedule on the energy of this team, Soucek made a mockery of that with an all-action performance. Strong in defence, yet arguably the most potent attacking threat.

vs Brighton & Hove Albion

2-2: Saturday, 26th December
(Played 90 minutes)

Neither West Ham goal happens without him, yet he still managed to do his defensive work in midfield and get up and down the pitch all game. Only blemish is his defensive header for Brighton's second was not good enough. It's his run and presence that causes the first equaliser, whilst his goal was a reward for always making the right run and being such a threat in those situations.

vs Chelsea

0-3: Monday, 21st December
(Played 90 minutes)

Fought well and was able to support both defence and attack. Nothing decisive and it did become difficult for him to cover the ground required.

vs Crystal Palace

1-1: Tuesday, 15th December
(Played 90 minutes)

Whilst his attacking instincts were limited, he fought well in the middle and bailed out the defence, most notably down the left when Zaha looked like a real threat in the West Ham area.

vs Leeds United

2-1: Friday, 11th December
(Played 90 minutes)

It's rarely pretty with Tomas, but he scraps diligently in the middle, wins big headers and has a knack for scoring goals. Bowen to the back post this time and Soucek was bigger, stronger and wanted it more. Then the discipline kicks in, a big unit stopping attacks and refusing to lose the battle in the middle. It worked again.

vs Manchester United

1-3: Saturday, 5th December
(Played 90 minutes)

Fought well in the first half and disrupted his opponents, although he most definitely should have been booked for one lunging tackle from behind, and then he popped up with a clever run to score his goal. On the ball, he was still limited and slow, but his first half job was brilliant. In the second half, Mata and Fernandes dropping in to help Pogba and McTominay was too much for him.

vs Aston Villa

2-1: Saturday, 28th November
(Played 90 minutes)

Other than some clearing headers, Soucek had a poor game. He can be a touch lumbering, and the quick feet of Luiz, McGinn and Grealish in the middle were too much for him. Dug in, restricted his running in the deeper two and wasn't a problem to carry, but not his greatest game.

vs Sheffield United

1-0: Sunday, 22nd November
(Played 90 minutes)

Neat and tidy today, his one real moment on the attack standing out for just how bad a miss it was. A few good clearances and worked well in there, but a rather calm and middling performance.

vs Fulham

1-0: Saturday, 7th November
(Played 90 minutes)

Struggled in his midfield play defensively, the extra man Fulham had and their quick and neat short passing often got round him. But he took his goal excellently, placing it in the corner almost like Sheringham would.

vs Liverpool

1-2: Saturday, 31st October
(Played 90 minutes)

A defensive game mainly for Tomas, he was strong and disruptive in the middle, protecting the defence well. Won a lot of headers, made a lot of tackles. Good shield with Rice.

vs Manchester City

1-1: Saturday, 24th October
(Played 90 minutes)

Wasn?EUR(TM)t as ambitious going forward and sat deep. As ever, there?EUR(TM)s a weakness in his passing, but the little simple things go well and he does his job defensively.

vs Tottenham Hotspur

3-3: Sunday, 18th October
(Played 90 minutes)

Lack of pace was an issue at times, but his threat in the area caused Spurs issues all game long, enough for Mourinho to compare him to Fellaini at the end of the game.

vs Leicester City

3-0: Sunday, 4th October
(Played 90 minutes)

Gets through a lot of gritty work in midfield which is helping Rice have the freedom to play better passes and go forward. Four tackles, three interceptions, four clearances and a nuisance at set pieces.

vs Newcastle United

0-2: Saturday, 12th September
(Played 90 minutes)

The one in midfield who made some sort of impression. Came very close with a header, cleaned up defensively a few times too.

vs Brentford

2-1: Saturday, 29th August
(Played 45 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Wilshere, 45) Within six months of arriving in England the Czech has become one of West Ham United's most important players. Another goal to add to his portfolio won't do his confidence any harm at all.

vs Ipswich Town

4-1: Tuesday, 25th August
(Played 74 minutes)

n/a

Aston Villa

1-1: Sunday, 26th July

Somewhat of a non-entity in attacking areas, although the poor play and crossing delay is more to blame, he did some quiet and unspectacular defensive work to keep things tight. Another game that proves he’s not just a tall target to hit.

Manchester United

1-1: Wednesday, 22nd July

His versatility is clear. This game, he was barely a presence in the opposition third, instead staying much more disciplined and holding deeper. He was good there too, making important interceptions and clearances.

Watford

3-1: Friday, 17th July

The comparisons to Fellaini are actually unfair on Soucek: he is a better footballer than the Belgian. More mobile, better with the ball, smarter in the tackle. Soucek is a true find and pivotal to turning relegation doubts into survival.

Burnley

0-1: Wednesday, 8th July

If anything was going to happen, it really did seem like Soucek would be the one to force it. He drove into the box, had shots outside, made big tackles and worked hard

Chelsea

3-2: Wednesday, 1st July

Impressive. He made a physical nuisance of himself in midfield and is clearly a determined tackler. His aerial threat turned the game in his side’s favour; it is clear he should have had two goals.

Tottenham Hotspur

0-2: Tuesday, 23rd June

Where once he was getting into the area and looking a nuisance, lately he has been too deep. He is solid, but unspectacular. The own goal was extremely unfortunate.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

0-2: Saturday, 20th June

Whilst he made a couple good tackles and interceptions, he was reasonably anonymous and it came to a point where he looked like he might have been selected only for defending set pieces.

Manchester City

0-2: Wednesday, 19th February

He did make the effort to push forward and support Antonio at times, but it appeared too much after a while. One header in the area to Antonio was smart, he battled in the middle too, but it was a hopeless task.

Brighton & Hove Albion

3-3: Saturday, 1st February

Impressive until he went quiet in the second half. He looked to make the team work, suddenly bringing balance. Strong, full of running, but also neat in his passing and clever with one touch layoffs. Got close to Haller, the first central midfielder to do that since September. A real positive.
Tomas Soucek did not play for West Ham during this season.

Tomas Soucek did not play for West Ham during this season.

Tomas Soucek did not play for West Ham during this season.

Tomas Soucek did not play for West Ham during this season.

Tomas Soucek did not play for West Ham during this season.

Tomas Soucek did not play for West Ham during this season.

Tomas Soucek did not play for West Ham during this season.

Tomas Soucek did not play for West Ham during this season.

Tomas Soucek did not play for West Ham during this season.

Tomas Soucek did not play for West Ham during this season.

Tomas Soucek did not play for West Ham during this season.

Tomas Soucek did not play for West Ham during this season.

Tomas Soucek did not play for West Ham during this season.

Tomas Soucek did not play for West Ham during this season.

Tomas Soucek did not play for West Ham during this season.

Tomas Soucek did not play for West Ham during this season.

Tomas Soucek did not play for West Ham during this season.

Tomas Soucek did not play for West Ham during this season.

Tomas Soucek did not play for West Ham during this season.