Darren Bent has insisted Tomas Soucek is on the way to becoming a West Ham favourite after his standout display against Leeds United.

The former Tottenham and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has claimed Marcelo Bielsa’s men could not cope with the physicality of the 25-year-old and compared him to former Premier League star Marouane Fellaini.

Soucek headed home from a corner to score West Ham’s first goal on the way to a 2-1 victory over Leeds on Friday night.

The Czech Republic international has been in fine form in the final third for David Moyes with three goals from the Hammers’ last five games.

Bent admitted Soucek was very much a “David Moyes signing” and that he showed his ability to bully opposition against Leeds.

Bent told Football Insider: “Leeds couldn’t handle him, he had way too much for them, he was too strong, he was too good in the air and he really made the difference.

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“It wasn’t men versus boys but he certainly played very, very well and he’s become really, really difficult to deal with. In some regards, he’s become quite vital in the way they play.

“I don’t know why, he just reminds me of Fellaini, he is David Moyes’ Fellaini because for whatever reason he gets up there, wins his headers and makes it difficult.

“To be fair, he’s turning into a real West Ham favourite as well so you’ve got to say fair play to him, he’s done really, really well and for me, he is definitely a David Moyes signing.”

Soucek, who initially joined the Hammers on loan last December, has played a total of 25 times since his move to east London.

He has played every single minute of the Irons’ Premier League campaign this term.

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