West Ham United defensive midfielder Tomas Soucek is still one of our most valuable players, despite a dip in performances this season. 

Following the conclusion of the 2021/22 Premier League season, West Ham United look ahead to another European campaign for next year – after finishing 7th in the league table.

A successful season also saw the club reach the Europa League semi-finals and the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup, and the team’s players have done exceptionally well to end the year strongly.

However, as the summer transfer window approaches, calls for the signing of another defensive midfielder have been made following a mediocre season from West Ham’s Soucek.

The Czech Republic international burst onto the scene when he signed for the club in 2020, instantly becoming one of the clubs most valuable players.

The 27-year-old scored 10 goals from a defensive position to help rally the squad into the top six of the Premier League. However, this season he hasn’t quite lived up to the same expectations.

Having said this, calls for a replacement in his position have been unjustified and Soucek still has the limits to reach his potential in a claret and blue shirt.

West Ham supporters should not be too hasty when toying with the idea that the Czech Republican could leave the club, because he has still performed well as a valuable member of this team.

This season he has still scored six goals in all competitions and made 1.9 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 2.7 clearances per game, highlighting his defensive qualities as well as his attacking threat.

With his contract expiring in the summer of 2024, it is important to remember the pivotal role he has played for West Ham ever since arriving from Slavia Prague.

Soucek is 100% committed to playing for the badge, and conveys that every time he steps onto the pitch. His passion and determination alone make him a vital addition to the squad.

Admittedly, in comparison to his first season with the Hammers, Soucek has suffered a dip in playing form.

However, West Ham fans should now rally around the midfielder and motivate him to get back to his best – just as they’ve done with so many other players previously.