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Fans react to news Soucek may be for sale

News from ClaretandHugh today that David Moyes may be ready to entertain bids for Tomas Soucek has brought deep concern from many of the followers of the site’s Facebook Group. Here are some random reactions to the report that the manager is ready to listen to offers.

  • This makes me very angry. This bloke is top drawer filling a position to make up for other player and coaching tactical inadequacies. He will score goals if let off the leash. Do we really need another Haller debacle and yes I know a lot of folk did not like him too! I really hope this incorrect. I need another glass of red!
  • His form has not been nowhere as good this season if we sold him and replaced him with say Philips, Bissouma 💯 yes.
  • I wonder how we would of finished this season with Soucek and rice playing the positions they played last year Soucek was a proper handful going box to box.
  • Being played out of position. Simple as that,
  • Can’t let him go. Who can we bring in who’s better than him? He’s given everything and with a bigger squad I think we’ll see him back to his best next season.
  • Absolutely ridiculous decision. His form has dropped due to being played out of his natural position due to Rice being played further forward. Also bring played in every game due to our stupidly Small squad. He’s not had a break due to playing the Euros last year. Rice will not be around much longer so we shouldn’t let Soucek go to allow him to get his own way for 1 season at most.

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10 comments on “Fans react to news Soucek may be for sale

  1. As long as decent replacement is found I say move on. Difficult one but we may need to sell the odd player that is worth some money in order to reinvest.

    We were overwhelmed in midfield at times and that was with world class Declan so why not sign England’s midfield.

  2. This would be an absolute travesty if this was to happen, Moyes is 100% to blame for the Soucek situation by playing him in the defensive role which he is not accustomed to. We where at least 6 goals down on our season tally due to Moyes making this decision, and equally we conceded more due to Dec playing further up the pitch, a role reversal between the 2 players that Moyes chose to make and Moyes should of seen that it wasn’t working very early in the season and in the end it cost us 6th place.
    These decisions along with Moyes innability to make decisions in the transfer market should set alarm bells ringing to the board !!!!

    • Totally agree. While Rice rampaging up field may look good, the stats show that the team is suffering as a consequence. Soucek is at his best when he is allowed to roam forward, whereas his recent role has only served to show his weakest aspect, namely his passing ability, and the goals have dried up too. Moyes has flogged that team to exhaustion and brought in no new players in January to freshen both the squad and the tactics which have become stale and predictable. Also, why does Moyes never trust Academy players in meaningful matches? As has been said many times, this transfer window is likely to make or break West Ham for the next few seasons and the jury is very much out on both Moyes and (the invisible) Newman in this area. In midfield we certainly need more options and the signing of a Mason Mount or a Conor Gallagher would send out a strong message, whilst keeping Soucek to do what he does best with Rice restored to a holding role. My concern is that the possible sale of Soucek may be down to a lack of funds from the Board, which leaves Moyes having to generate money from sales, which simply isn’t going to work with the sheer scale of recruitment required. Finally my usual plea: let us see some of the Academy players successfully promoted and integrated into the first team squad next season.

  3. Rally , so playing him in a different position to the previous year has nothing to do with I then .!

  4. The ‘ MOYSIAH’ or as I like to think he should be called is slow hands , as he doesn’t take decisions on substitutions till its too late , player purchase till the window has almost closed, has been hailed for two or three purchases that have come off , but failed miserably with Haller who should have been retained as pressure on Antonio, who though I have respect for his 100 % commitment has come up short ( for which I’m gutted for him) and failed as we know to bring in another forward and instead wastes 30 mill on yet another midfield attacker we obviously didn’t need in favour of the striker and now goes for another midfield attacker in the now’ has been’ linguard who at almost 30 does not contribute to the fabled early diatribe of reducing our playing age of the team and maintains it further as a top league old age group
    With someone who didn’t want to be here when given the chance earlier but wants it now as a free agent who can command better wages for no sell on value and yet is prepared to let soucek leave because moyes is rigid in his tactics and like Haller couldn’t see the real potential as he is tacticly inept.
    We’re in trouble this year

  5. Agree with all comments that this is self inflicted by Moyes. It also worryingly shows muddled thinking. Has Soucek become a poor player in one season? That must be No, so why the issue DM you know the solution. Same with Lingard – is he motivated to play for us? Nothing in his demeanor last year says he is. He rejected us – so is it now money not playing time? Also he is nearly 30 – younger player policy? Nothing DM has done supports this statement. Just sort it out please

  6. Can any of the above writers please explain when Lingard rejected us.

    • Ok Mooro none of us were privvy to conversations but my opinion comes from his stated option of staying with Man U for the promised appearances by Old, and at no time did he show any inclination to want to rejoin us, after many open overtures for him to do so. It’s a reasonable conclusion sufficient to give my opinion – what’s yours?

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