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‘Unplayable’: Yannick Bolasie blown away by West Ham United midfielder Tomas Soucek

West Ham United have enjoyed a shock challenge for the European places under David Moyes this season and few have been more important than Tomas Soucek, according to Yannick Bolasie.

The Everton-owned forward, currently on loan in the Championship with Middlesbrough, has expressed his surprise on Twitter at the way Soucek is being underrated, having been overlooked for many people’s Teams of the Season.

Soucek was the Hammers’ top-scorer in the Premier League for much of the campaign but has since been joined on nine goals by Michail Antonio and January loanee Jesse Lingard.

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Soucek also remains the only Irons player to have featured for all 3,240 minutes of regular top-flight action over the east London side’s 36 matches, with only the outfield players of teams who have played 37 games featuring more often elsewhere in the division.

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He is also the outright leader for aerial duels contested (362) and won (217) by any outfield Premier League player, and ranks second for shots blocked (15) by midfielders (WhoScored), to warrant more Man of the Match awards (5) than any of his teammates.

Soucek’s towering presence in the engine room and impact at both ends of the field has not slipped under Bolasie’s radar, with the £25million (BBC) former Crystal Palace attacker naming him next to Bruno Fernandes and Ilkay Gundogan as the best midfielders this term.

“How I’m not seeing Soucek in any teams of the season is a madness… The guys been unplayable!” Bolasie noted on Twitter.

TBR’s view:

Soucek was remarkable for West Ham during the first half of the campaign, but saw his importance take a step back following the mid-season arrival of Lingard as the Manchester United loanee was able to take over some of the burden.

The former Slavia Prague star, who the Irons spent £19.1m (BBC) to sign after a successful loan spell last year, was also restricted in how he could operate after Declan Rice sustained a lateral knee ligament injury in March as Soucek lost his freedom to stretch the pitch.

Soucek still covered a lot of ground in the engine room and remained vital to West Ham maintaining their challenge for European football, but maybe not at the level some feel was needed to earn a place in their Teams of the Season despite Bolasie’s glowing endorsement.

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