Frank McAvennie has claimed that West Ham have not had a midfielder like Tomas Soucek since Frank Lampard left in 2001.
The former Upton Park striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, was blown away by the forward runs made by Soucek, 25, since the Premier League restart.
The Hammers slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Burnley on Wednesday night but that did the central-midfielder impressed again.
The Czech was denied his third goal in as many games by a superb save from Nick Pope after cleverly losing his marker.
Soucek joined the Irons on loan in January but will join permanently, for close to £15million, if they avoid relegation.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the loanee, McAvennie said:
“It has been a long-time since we have had an attacking midfield player like that, somebody who can score goals.
“I played three years at St. Mirren when I started, and was top goalscorer one year, so I know that position.
“You’d have to go back as far as Frank Lampard for a midfield player that scored lots and lots of goals from midfield.
“Soucek’s runs give the defence something else to think about other than the attackers. I like to see that.”
Lampard scored 32 times for the Hammers before sealing an £11million move to London rivals Chelsea in 2001.
The Blues manager went on to score 177 Premier League goals and become the divisions all-time leading midfield goalscorer.
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