Why super Soucek can’t play as striker


Super Soucek strikes again 

Tomas Soucek has been on a remarkable goal-scoring spree, netting five times in his last five games for both club and country. This impressive run has sparked suggestions that he should be deployed as a starting striker for West Ham, especially given the current injury crisis in forward positions. However, I remain sceptical about the effectiveness of such a move.

Whilst Soucek has proven adept at rescuing West Ham and securing victories when we’re not dominating, deploying him as a striker from the beginning of each game would produce a familiar outcome. The concern is that he could encounter the same problems as Danny Ings, Michail Antonio, Sebastien Haller, Gianluca Scamacca and Divin Mubama – a lack of service.

Super Tomas Soucek should not play as striker for West Ham

Super Soucek has once again rescued the Hammers

My growing suspicion is that no striker will truly flourish within David Moyes‘ tactics. The theory that Soucek, as a forward, would contribute more goals may not materialise, considering West Ham’s tendency to sit back and lack attacking initiative in the early stages of matches. Whilst we do launch the ball into the box in desperate moments towards the end of games, our attacking presence is notably absent in the first half of games.

Therefore, I believe we’ll just plod along and continue with our current approach. In situations where we find ourselves trailing 1-0, as with five minutes remaining against Crystal Palace on Sunday, we may once again have to rely on the immense abilities of Tomas Soucek to rescue the day.

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