With David Moyes’ West Ham United heading into Tuesday’s Premier League clash against Watford in a rather disastrous run of form, the 58-year-old would have been desperate for his side to bring a much-needed three points back home from Vicarage Road.
Despite Emmanuel Dennis’ spectacular fourth-minute strike giving the hosts the lead, two quick-fire goals from Tomas Soucek and Said Benrahma gave West Ham the advantage at the interval, before second half finishes from Mark Noble and Nikola Vlasic sealed an excellent victory on the road for the Irons, with the game ending 4-1.
As is perhaps to be expected after such a result, a number of Moyes’ starting XI turned in impressive performances against the Hornets, with the displays of Jarrod Bowen, Manuel Lanzini and Said Benrahma particularly standing out this afternoon.
However, it was undoubtedly Soucek with whom Moyes will be most pleased on the bus back to east London, as the 26-year-old ran the show from the middle of the park at Vicarage Road.
Indeed, over his 90 minutes on the pitch, the £40.5m-rated man scored one goal, enjoyed 72 touches of the ball – the third-most of any player on the day – completed 40 passes, four of his six attempted long balls and one dribble, took two shots at the Watford goal and created one big chance for his teammates.
The £47k-per-week midfielder also won 14 of his 22 duels – a success rate of 64% – made a whopping six tackles, two clearances, four clearances and drew one foul for his side. These returns saw the Czech Republic international earn a highly impressive SofaScore match rating of 8.3, the second-best rating received by any player to feature today, beaten only by Bowen.
As such, while the absence of Declan Rice may well have given Watford hope of dominating the middle of the park this afternoon, Soucek almost single-handedly ensured that this would not be the case. The performance of the 26-year-old is sure to give the Hornets players and their fanbase nightmares after this virtuoso display.