Carlton Cole has claimed that West Ham’s Tomas Soucek should be regarded as one of the Premier League’s best pound-for-pound signings this summer.
After an initial loan spell at the London Stadium last season, the Hammers decided to sign Soucek on a permanent basis for £19.1million (BBC) from Slavia Prague.
The £67,000-a-week star made an instant impact in English football when he arrived and looks tailor-made for it.
Soucek is an all-action central midfielder that’s formed a great partnership next to Declan Rice, with the duo ever-presents in David Moyes’ XI.
The 25-year-old works so effectively in a defensive midfield position, where he shows his strength, work-rate and intelligence to break up play.
But his presence in penalty boxes is so effective and his brace on Tuesday night against Crystal Palace now means that he’s scored seven Premier League goals already this season.
Ex-West Ham forward Cole has given a glowing verdict on Soucek.
“Proud-for-pound Soucek is probably one of the best signings in the Premier League this season,” Cole told talksSPORT.
“Obviously Bruno Fernandes has been unbelievable for Manchester United, but when you’re talking about impact in a team, Soucek is definitely in that conversation.”
If Soucek was to be put up for sale now, surely he’d be worth at least double what West Ham paid for him.
The Czech Republic international has all the traits needed to be a success in the English top-flight and is so often the go-to man for Moyes’ side.
His goal input is a great bonus to have for the side to help ease the burden off striker Michail Antonio, but off the ball his work is underrated and he must be a dream for Rice to play alongside.