West Ham star Tomas Soucek excited to play in front of fans
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West Ham star Tomas Soucek excited to play in front of fans

West Ham United’s Tomas Soucek has said he is looking forward to playing in front of fans again.

What’s the story?

The ban/limitation on spectators at sporting events was lifted on July 19 as Coronavirus restrictions were eased.

It means, technically, Premier League clubs can have sold out stadiums for the opening games this weekend.

West Ham take on Newcastle United at St James’ Park in what is a replay of the opening day of last season.

Steve Bruce’s men came away with all three points on that occasion after goals from Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick.

In an interview on the club’s official website, the Czech international claimed he cannot wait to play in front of supporters once more.

Soucek said: “To be honest, for this season what I am most looking forward to is playing in front of fans, because I missed them and the football without them is not the same as it is with them.

“I’ve played in front of fans for maybe four or five games here, but fans have sometimes met me on the street but not at the stadium. I’m happy they’re back and it was nice to hear their support on Saturday. I hope to show them something similar next season.”

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West Ham fans can be big boost

Last season left most of the east London faithful in dreamland as West Ham qualified for the Europa League.

Unfortunately, spectators were kept away from the action as Covid-19 ripped through the UK to devastating effect.

However, the latest easing of restrictions means fans will once again be allowed at games.

West Ham fans can help boost the club next season amid the claims from Soucek.

And they will be needed as the side plays in the Europa League for the first time since 2016.

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