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‘I keep telling him!’: Declan Rice shares what he’s been urging Tomas Soucek to do during games
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‘I keep telling him!’: Declan Rice shares what he’s been urging Tomas Soucek to do during games

Declan Rice has shared what he keeps telling West Ham United teammate Tomas Soucek during matches.

The West Ham captain was talking to the club’s official website after the Hammers 2-0 victory over Wolves.

Gianluca Scamacca and Jarrod Bowen scored either side of half-time to earn West Ham an important win.

Rice was speaking about his midfield partner Soucek, and explained that he keeps telling the towering Czech to get in the box.

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Soucek was at his scoring best two seasons ago, netting ten times for the Hammers on their way to a sixth-place finish.

The 27-year-old scored five times last season, and has already got off the mark in this campaign.

Soucek is an imposing figure and can cause havoc in forward areas.

It’s no surprise Rice is encouraging Soucek to get in the box more often.

Rice to Soucek: ‘Go back in the box!’

Rice said after the match: “Tom (Soucek) was brilliant today, we know what Tom brings to the team.

“He’ll always give you 100%, he’ll come off the pitch with nothing left, he’ll work his socks off, he breaks ball up, he makes my life easier.

“The quicker we can get Tom playing and keep him going, and keep getting him back in the box!”

“I keep telling him, ‘Go back in the box, score your goals!’, but of course he wants to help the team out because he’s such a good guy.”

Soucek was the subject of some transfer speculation in the summer.

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The Sun reported that several Premier League clubs were interested in making a move for Soucek.

However, the Czech international stayed at the London Stadium and has been a mainstay in David Moyes’ midfield.

West Ham have struggled in front of goal this season, with only Wolves scoring less than the Hammers in the league.

Gianluca Scamacca finally opened his Premier League account which will allay some goal scoring fears.

However, West Ham fans might want to see Soucek get in the box more to help ease some of those issues in front of goal.

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