David Moyes has openly acknowledged the role of tactical decisions in Tomas Soucek’s underwhelming performance last season. Moyes further confirmed suspicions that Soucek faced challenges as Moyes prioritized giving more freedom to Declan Rice in the team, writes the Claret&Hugh. The manager’s attempt to accommodate Rice’s playing style coincided with Soucek’s dip in form.
Moyes, in an effort to secure Rice’s commitment to a new deal, adjusted the team’s dynamics to allow the midfielder greater expressive freedom. This tactical shift impacted Soucek’s contributions negatively, particularly during the previous season, where he registered only 8 and 11 passes in two games.
However, the current campaign sees Soucek back to his goal-scoring best, a development that Moyes expresses immense satisfaction with. Moyes admitted, “He just did not reach his usual level, he thought, last season.” The manager explained the attempt to involve Rice more actively in attacking positions, affecting Soucek’s usual set-piece influence.
Moyes emphasized Soucek’s crucial role in set-pieces and highlighted the impact of James Ward-Prowse in supplying goals from corner kicks. The Czech midfielder has now reclaimed his goal-scoring prowess by making well-timed runs into the box, contributing significantly to West Ham’s recent successes.
As Moyes navigates the intricacies of team dynamics, Soucek’s resurgence becomes a focal point, signifying a positive turn for West Ham’s midfield strength.