West Ham United midfielder Tomas Soucek is set to stay on at the London Stadium this summer, with the Hammers not looking to sell the Czech Republic international.
That’s according to Sky Sports, who claimed that the 27-year-old is in David Moyes’ plans for the 2022/23 Premier League season.
There had been uncertainty surrounding Soucek’s future in east London earlier this season, with the Irons not offering the midfielder a new contract after an excellent contribution to the Hammers’ last two campaigns, particularly in 2020/21.
The Czech midfielder still has two years left on his current deal, with the option of extending it by a further year.
With West Ham enjoying stellar success over the past two seasons, the form of Soucek has certainly been a major contributing factor.
The 27-year-old has been a kingpin for Moyes’ side, particularly in the 2020/21 season as they secured a top six finish to qualify for the Europa League, with the midfielder playing every single minute in the Premier League whilst scoring ten goals and providing one assist.
This campaign hasn’t been quite as straightforward, with the Czech Republic international scoring half as many top-flight goals whilst making 34 Premier League starts, with the Hammers having to balance domestic and Europa League commitments for the majority of the season.
However, with a seventh-place finish in the top flight alongside reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League, it has been another stellar campaign for West Ham with Soucek a key player – as per WhoScored, he was their third-best performer in the Premier League.
The 27-year-old has formed an excellent partnership alongside Declan Rice in the middle of the park, with the duo protecting the Irons’ defence expertly.
However, there are still major concerns that the Czech maestro won’t be playing alongside the Englishman next term, with Rice the subject of a plethora of links away from the London Stadium this summer.
If the 23-year-old does move on from the club, it will be vital that the Hammers sign a quality replacement to partner Soucek.
The Czech colossus will want to see his decision to stay on in east London rewarded with the club continuing to progress, which would mean that GSB would have to replace Rice adequately if he is to be sold.
Nonetheless, West Ham supporters will be buzzing to see a fan favourite in Soucek stay on at the London Stadium, with the Irons faithful keen to witness another marvellous campaign in 2022/23.