West Ham: 52-cap star 'not seeing eye to eye with Moyes' at London Stadium

West Ham United boss David Moyes watches on

West Ham United star Tomas Soucek has ‘not looked the same player for some time’ and being unable to agree a new London Stadium contract could be a key reason for his underwhelming start to the season, according to journalist Paul Brown.

The Hammers have gone into the international break sitting in the Premier League’s relegation zone thanks to securing just one win so far this term.

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What’s the latest news involving Soucek?

Soucek has remained a key component of West Ham’s midfield, having made 10 appearances and registered two goals in all competitions since the campaign got underway last month, but there were doubts over his future during the summer.

The 27-year-old was reportedly told that he is not in line to secure a pay rise and, having put contract talks on hold, Everton, Newcastle United and Aston Villa showed an interest.

Although a move away from east London failed to come to fruition, Soucek has entered the final two years of his £47,000-per-week agreement.

It is understood that discussions over fresh terms were put on hold at the behest of West Ham boss David Moyes during the final weeks of last season.

That led to suggestions of a rift between Soucek and the Scotsman, but he has maintained his place in Moyes’ preferred XI.

What has Paul Brown said about Soucek?

Brown believes Moyes would be taking a huge gamble if he opts to drop Soucek and start £12million summer signing Flynn Downes in his place against Wolverhampton Wanderers on October 1.

However, the journalist feels the former Slavia Prague man’s performances have worsened and reports of a feud, along with the inability to agree a new contract, may have been a contributing factor.

Brown told GIVEMESPORT: “It’s always risky to throw any of your kids into a team that’s struggling a little bit, but I do understand the frustration with Soucek. He’s not looked the same player for some time now.

“There were lots of stories about him not seeing eye-to-eye with the manager. There was talk about him being up for sale in the summer and his contract situation dragged on.

“I’m sure all that’s been playing on his mind and may be the reason behind his dip in form.”

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Should Moyes persevere with Soucek and start him against Wolves?

Soucek has made a big impact during his time at West Ham, scoring 21 goals in 115 appearances.

The 52-cap Czech Republic international’s aerial ability has been pivotal at both ends of the pitch and, if he can rediscover his best form, there is no doubt that he is among the Hammers’ best options in the middle of the park.

Like West Ham, Wolves have made an underwhelming start to the season and will head to the London Stadium just two points better off, so it may be the ideal fixture for Soucek to find his feet.

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