On 29 January 2020, our favourite potato salad eater, Tomas Souček joined West
Ham United on an initial loan deal until the end of the 2019/20 season with an option to make the transfer permanent in the summer.
On the 1st of July, he scored his first goal for West Ham in a 3–2 win against Chelsea, previously having had a goal disallowed earlier in the same half by VAR.
In West Ham’s following league match, he scored again to give the Irons a 2–1 lead against the Geordies, in an eventual 2–2 away draw.
West Ham announced the permanent signing of Souček on 24 July
2020 on a four-year contract, for a fee of around €21 million (£19 million).
On 1 January 2021, Souček scored the first Premier league goal of 2021 as West
Ham beat Everton 1–0 at at Goodison Park.
During added time in a game against Fulham on 6 February, Souček was
controversially sent off upon review after VAR appeared to show him
strike Mitrovic in the face; referee Mike Dean’s decision was criticised by many of
Souček’s teammates, manager David Moyes and a number of pundits who protested
West Ham launched an appeal to have the decision overturned
in the aftermath. On 8 February, the red card was rescinded.
He finished the 2020/21 as joint top scorer, with Mikey Antonio both having scored
ten goals. Souček’s exploits during the 2020–21 season won him the Hammer of the
The 2022/23 season saw him play in a much deeper role and he only managed six
goals in that season. But he did play in a staggering 51 games!
The 2023/2024 season was arguably his worse season for the club, even though he played the majority of the season he only added three goals to his tally.
The 28 year old, 6 foot 4 Czech International has built a reputation as an energetic
box-to-box midfielder with both defensive and attacking qualities, and a great header
of the ball.