David Connolly believes Tomas Soucek may effectively go down as one in all West Ham United’s ‘perfect’ signings and hailed David Moyes for his ‘stroke of genius’.
The Czech Republic worldwide arrived on the London Stadium on an preliminary mortgage deal in January 2020 with the Hammers in a relegation disaster.
Declan Rice and Mark Noble often discovered themselves overrun in midfield beneath Manuel Pellegrini, whereas Sebastien Haller was struggling for objectives up entrance.
Nevertheless, for the reason that 25-year-old made his first begin within the well-known Claret and Blue 12 months in the past, Moyes has discovered a participant so as to add each metal and substance to his engine room.
Soucek is West Ham’s prime scorer this season with eight Premier League objectives from midfield, additionally averaging two tackles and a couple of.6 clearances per sport.
The previous Slavia Prague captain scored eight objectives in 17 matches earlier than arriving in east London and lined a median distance of 12.69km after enjoying in all six of their Champions League group video games – second solely to former teammate Petr Sevcik.
Earlier than West Ham journey to Craven Cottage to face Fulham as a part of talkSPORT’s GameDay protection, former Hammers striker Connolly informed Jim White the 6ft 4ins supremo could possibly be among the finest signings within the membership’s historical past.
“They’d the mortgage first so they’d a type of ‘try-before-you-buy’ so long as they stayed up,” Connolly stated.
“Clearly he was sensible in that mortgage spell, however he has performed virtually precisely the identical – he actually has.
“He was a goalscorer at Slavia Prague, for those who bear in mind he performed within the Champions League. He was glorious for them, they’d a extremely robust group with the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan and Barcelona.
“He scored in a few these video games and he was getting a footing on Lionel Messi and folks like that. He scored in opposition to Chelsea within the Europa League, a fantastic header on the again put up.
“So you’ve got to say it’s fantastic, fantastic recruitment from West Ham. This has been a stroke of genius.
“He has acquired completely every little thing; he’s the archetypal box-to-box midfielder and he offers them so many choices.
“He does a lot for West Ham as a crew, with and with out the ball, he has been a completely sensible signing. You realize what, he may go down as one in all their perfect.”