Alex McLeish has been left drooling over Tomas Soucek after West Ham sealed a 2-1 win over West Brom on Tuesday night.
The former Aston Villa and Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the 25-year-old had been “playing out of his skin” in recent weeks and that he looked an “absolute steal” for David Moyes.
The midfielder was a colossus in the air for the Hammers in Tuesday night’s 2-1 win over West Brom as he won seven aerial duels [Whoscored] – three more than any other player from either side.
He also kept up his record as an ever-present in the league as goals from Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen sealed all three points for the Irons.
As reported by Sky Sports, Soucek initially arrived on loan from Sparta Prague last January for a £4million fee and the Hammers spent a further £15million to make his stay permanent.
McLeish admitted he has been blown away by the Czech Republic international’s performances and insisted he had been a great signing for the Irons.
McLeish told Football Insider: “There has been some fantastic recruitment, Soucek has been an absolute steal.
“I watched the Czech Republic lose against Scotland a couple months ago, they looked as if they were an emerging nation again at national level, and that is obviously due in no small way to the players who they’re developing in the league.
“Soucek is playing out of his skin, he came from Czech Republic, Coufal too – two great acquisitions and with the other players West Ham have got, Moyes has done a great job there.”
Soucek, who has 30 international caps under his belt, has played a total of 33 times and scored eight goals for the Irons.