Tomas Soucek’s West Ham future may remain questionable by the time this piece is published although with David Moyes signing Flynn Downes and bidding for other midfielders, questions are still being asked.
The story which has dominated for a few weeks is that manager David Moyes has flatly refused to give the Czech an improved contract, leaving him the eighth worst player at the club.
Moyes, with Karren Brady in attendance, allegedly made it clear to his agents in February at preliminary talks, that had he had a better midfielder, Soucek wouldn’t have been a first choice.
The upshot of that was that it found its way back to the player who supposedly got the hump and made it clear he’d be off to the first club who made a sensible offer given the opportunity.
We all accept, of course, that he wasn’t the player last term he had been in his Hammer of the Year debut campaign but with Mark Noble retiring, Alex Kral and Nikola Vlasic seemingly on their bikes, it seemed a dodgy decision – if indeed that were the case.
Time is a healer
However, as is usually the case, time can be a healer at least and the latest Claret and Hugh has been hearing is that whilst there is unlikely to be a new deal offered, peace is growing between the pair who allegedly until February had enjoyed a very good relationship.
That Tomas played over 50 games last season and was clearly leg weary told its own tale as did the decision to tell him to sit whilst Declan pushed forward – from a personal point I consider a big mistake.
This is a man who has been reaching double figure goal tallies in the Czech and Premier Leagues playing his natural game – why change it?
However, that Moyes continues – at the time of writing – to be bidding for midfielders may tell its own tale.
But with Declan almost certainly on his way next season, it seems very odd indeed to be thinking of releasing a guy who at his best is as good as any in the league.
I hope to God it won’t happen but fear that should a bid of £25m to £30m appear, a very good player indeed will be on his way.