By Danny Mills

2nd Jan, 2021 | 1:33pm

'We're starting to see a real player...' - Exclusive: Danny Mills drools over West Ham man

Danny Mills has heaped praise on West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek after his match-winning display against Everton on Friday night.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former England and Manchester City defender claimed the Czech Republic international is beginning to show he is a “top-quality midfield player”.

Soucek netted his fifth Premier League goal of the season in the Hammers’ 1-0 win at Goodison Park.

Soucek also put in a colossal display at the other end of the pitch where he won seven of his nine duels, according to sofascore.

The strike means he is now the Irons’ top goalscorer in the league this term ahead of the returning Michail Antonio on four.

The 25-year-old moved to the London Stadium last January on an initial loan deal from Slavia Prague before he completed a permanent switch for around £19million fee in July.

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Mills has claimed Soucek has now fully settled into the demands of the Premier League.

He told Football Insider“Again, we’ve said it so many times, it takes time for players to settle. In terms of their personal life, the way of the Premier League, the pace of the game, all these kinds of things.

“I think we’re starting to see a real top-quality midfield player who gets into the box.

“His goal at Everton, ok, there’s a bit of fortune because of the deflection, but he puts himself in the right place at the right time and that’s vitally important to be able to do that.”

Soucek has been an ever-present for David Moyes’ side this season and has formed a formidable partnership with Declan Rice in the base of the midfield.

He has now played 30 times since his January move and has scored eight times.

In other news, Kevin Phillips has claimed West Ham may land a Kyle Walker-style capture amid Athletic update.