Okay, it wasn’t a great performance today but it was Tomas Soucek again grabbing his fourth goal in four successive games at club an international level, ninth in all and four of them at Premier League level. There are still those who believe Tomas isn’t in quite the same form as when he arrived and they may be right but he is getting there having been allowed to do the job he was bought for in the first place as a goal scoring midfielder. It was Soucek again who came up with a late winner just as he did last weekend against Forest – a wonderful volley from a scintillating Mohammed Kudus centre.
This should not need saying again but sadly it is: Kalvin Phillips is not joining West Ham and Tomas Soucek is here for another three and a half years. Sadly, Footballer Insider never fails to amaze with the same – and I mean SAME – nonsense they churn out over and over again. Once again they are saying this morning that the Hammers are back on the trail of Phillips with Tomas set to leave us at the end of the season. Once again it bears repeating that neither claim is true although that won’t surprise many.
Tomas Soucek demonstrated what he’s all about as a Hammer against Nottingham Forest as he scored the goal which finally ended the Hammers desperate run of losing Premier League form. He showed himself to be claret and blue to his backbone after missing two earlier chances, wheeling away, crossing his arms in famous Irons fashion before aiming a punch at the skies with a massive grin on his face. It was his third Premier League goal of the season having struck the net against Sheffield United and Newcastle besides one in the Carabao Cup at Lindon and another against Backo Topola in the Euro League.