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Moyes wants more of the Czech connection

David Moyes is hoping to bring in more players of Tomas Soucek and Vlad Coufal quality as he looks to properly strengthen the Hammers squad.

The boss loves the Czech pair, who have been spot on since their respective arrivals from Slavia Prague.

Soucek has been brilliant in midfield, while Coufal has probably emerged as one of the best right-backs in the Premier League since his arrival.

Moyes thinks that the duo have raised the standards in east London, and is using them as an example to shape the club’s recruitment.

He told reporters: “Going forward we are still very much in a time where we are trying to build and bring in stability to the club. I’d like to continue getting in young players for the future, but I’ve also got to think about the short-term which I mentioned when I took the job. So those boys have really helped us.

“If I could find another two like that, I’d be incredibly lucky, because I’ve been so lucky to get myself two players from the Czech Republic who, more importantly than being good footballers, have been great men and great ambassadors for the sport of football. They play. They try to play every minute. They don’t miss a day’s training. They’re never injured. It’s nearly a bit of a throwback.

“If I could get another two like that, it would massively improve our squad and we could, but as you well know that’s not that easy. But I’ll try. I’ll try to do that again if I can.”

Moyes also thinks the dedication of Soucek and Coufal have really altered the way West Ham’s squad operate, with both players regularly coming into the gym to train on their days off.

He added: “It’s changed a lot. I mentioned to somebody the other day that the mentality has changed. I’d have to put a lot of the mentality change down – I hope – to the work we’ve done and what we’re demanding, but I have to say the individuals change it.

They’ve changed it because they’ve come in and said: ‘Why would you be tired? Why would you need a day off? Why do you need to rest? Why would you not be doing extra?’

“What that’s done is it’s kept the staff right on our toes because we’ve been in every day. That’s why we’re really looking forward to the end of the season now for a bit of a break! But they have.

We want players who are hungry, driven, really want to have a go. They’re thrilled to be playing in the Premier League and long may that continue.”

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3 comments on “Moyes wants more of the Czech connection

  1. Two Dutch players transformed Ipswich into a force in the 70s but they were already world stars. Likewise the two Argentinians who joined the Spuds. But Coufal and Soucek were relatively unknown. Fantastic scouting. Anyone know who spotted them?

    • Really good point about the Dutch and Argentine connections at Ipswich and Spurs. There was also the little pocket of Italians at Chelsea in the mid-90s (Vialli, Zola and Di Matteo) which also brought out the best in Dennis Wise.

      Coufal and Soucek were bound to have been spotted by Barry Fry, who then tipped off David Sullivan via an interview with Jim White on Talk Sport, just like all our balance sheet-busting signings over the last 11 illustrious years, weren’t they?!

      Thank God for David Moyes, and his restoring some stability and sanity at our Club. Here’s hoping we get the 5 to 10 years that the club, and the fans, desperately needs from him

  2. Arsenal have also had some great Dutch, but also French players and still do.
    The Barry Fry bit made me chuckle. Much prefer our British owners to someone like the Icelandics who v.nearly bankrupt us. Surely WH will give Moyes a 3-5 year contract – next season will be difficult to repeat but more than possible if 3 of the facilities are improved-Youth Dev. Scouting and Investment.

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