Keane labels West Ham star as ‘one hell of a player’
Roy Keane has heaped praise on West Ham and the Czech Republic midfielder Tomas Soucek, who he labels as “one hell of a player”.
Soucek initially joined the Hammers on loan from Slavia Prague in January 2020. He impressed for them towards the end of the campaign.
This tempted David Moyes’ side to sign him permanently last summer for around £19m.
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The 2020/21 campaign was superb for West Ham as they finished sixth to secure a place in the Europa League. Soucek was a key figure for them as he netted ten times in the Premier League.
Speaking ahead of England’s game against the Czech Republic (as cited by HITC), Keane suggested that Soucek is an “excellent” player:
“I’m worried about what he does on the football pitch. He’s one hell of a player,” said Keane.
“He’s a proper old-fashioned box to box midfielder and he’s got a goal in him. He’s had a good season at West Ham and I bet David Moyes is delighted with him.
“Very good at attacking the ball, but also at defending set-pieces. He is an excellent player and a good old-fashioned box to box midfielder and you love to see him.”
Elsewhere, Nicky Butt has insisted that Manchester United do not need Declan Rice:
“The biggest thing that needs addressing for me at Manchester United this summer is that centre-back position; we need a partner for Harry Maguire.
“It has to be someone that’s going to be compatible with Maguire. If you spend the kind of money you did on Harry Maguire, you then have to follow it up by bringing someone in who can play with him.
“He’s the club captain; Victor Lindelof is too similar to him. It needs to be someone with pure, blistering pace, someone who can play out from the back.
“Everyone talks about Raphael Varane. I understand he’s a little bit older than most people would perhaps like, but you just have to go back to the days of Teddy Sheringham.
“I think we bought him when he was 32, and we went and won the treble with him. If Varane is available, then I’d go all out for him.
“I think Man United are solid enough in midfield. I keep hearing things about Declan Rice, but is he a better player than Scott McTominay? I’m not sure.
“I think with McTominay, Paul Pogba and obviously Bruno Fernandes, we’re in a good place in the middle of the park.”