Soucek knows all about Leverkusen dangerman


Tomas Soucek knows all about fellow Czech star Patrik Schick. The Hammers midfielder is a man of few words, but when he said of his compatriot, “Patrik is one of the best strikers in Europe,” it was a comment that should make everyone pay attention.

The fact that Soucek had singled out Schick rather than Leverkusen’s other Czech mate, Adam Hlozek, is telling. Clearly, Xabi Alonso has an embarrassment of attacking riches at his disposal ahead of Thursday night’s Europa League quarter-final.

Patrik Schick of Czech Republic celebrates with West Ham's Tomas Soucek

Patrik Schick of Czech Republic celebrates with West Ham’s Tomas Soucek

Just as Leverkusen faced potential difficulties due to Victor Boniface’s participation in the Africa Cup of Nations, Patrik Schick dispelled concerns by returning to form. After a seven-month absence, Schick re-joined Alonso’s team in October and has quickly regained his scoring touch, netting five goals in his last six appearances.

His crucial goals have been instrumental for Leverkusen. Boniface, the team’s leading scorer with 16 goals in all competitions, has returned from a 109-day injury layoff. With nine assists to his name, the Nigerian forward is eager to increase his contribution, especially in the upcoming European matches.

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