Tomas Soucek admits that he’s ready to live in London for the rest of his life.
He discovered that during a six week break in lockdown restrictions last year when he went out and about in the capital and clearly fell in Love with most of what he saw.
Tomas has been totally outstanding since his arrival at the London Stadium and with his Czech mate Vladi Coufal has become a leading contender for Hammer of the Year.
We all know about his amazing performances on the pitch but now he has revealed just how content he is off it and how he even wants to get to terms with the nation’s Sunday league game!
In a revealing interview on www.whufc.com Tomas discusses all aspects of his life since joining the Hammers but the admission that he wants to become a lifelong Londoner is the one that will thrill Irons fans.
Commenting, he said: “There were one-and-a-half months last year where the restrictions were relaxed, so we checked out a few things inside London, and still now we sometimes go to look at the nice buildings in London.
It’s been clear – completely without people and without traffic – but it’s not bad for us for a walk, or for our daughter because she can go to the playground outside, or to the park, and it is much better for us than if it were a full city.
I saw many things because I had previously been invited to London only twice before I came to West Ham, but I’d only come here to check out stadiums through football!
Now I am here for my life. We went to Tower Bridge, the London Eye and many, many other things. We went to the Zoo and the City Farm, like Old McDonald’s Farm [in Essex] – it was great for our daughter. We hope that soon outside things will reopen like the Zoo and some farms.
We couldn’t go to the training ground. We used to live maybe one mile away from Hackney Marshes, close to the Stadium, and I trained there at least once every day.
I hope that when life is normal again, I can go to watch a few games, and finally I will know Sunday League!”
On the pitch he has a particularly outstanding memory adding: “After we beat Chelsea 3-2, and I scored a goal – my first goal for the Club – we went on to win the relegation fight. I think that game was great.
Also, when I scored two goals against Crystal Palace, it was a great moment for me, but for emotion, the biggest game was against Tottenham, because we were losing 3-0 in the last ten minutes, and we made it into a draw. It was the most emotional moment.”