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'He's a great player': West Ham midfielder was full of praise for his teammate following win against Watford
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'He's a great player': West Ham midfielder was full of praise for his teammate following win against Watford

Tomas Soucek was full of praise for his teammates, particularly Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen, following their triumph over Watford.

West Ham ran out 1-0 winners in a game of few chances, with Bowen’s deflected shot enough to separate the two sides. The win, as well as Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Burnley, was enough to see the Hammers return to the top-four.

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The win was the East London side’s first in three Premier League games as they look to mount a serious top-four challenge. And Soucek highlighted the recent performances of Rice and Bowen as key to staying in the mix.

Speaking to the West Ham official website he said: “Declan is in great form. He showed in the last game that he can score important goals as well.’

‘He’s a great player and, like Jarrod now, he’s in great form.”

Soucek’s midfield partnership with Rice has been nothing short of inspired. The latter is enjoying arguably his best season in a West Ham shirt to date. He’s missed only one game out of a possible 24, and captains the side in Mark Noble’s absence.

The Euro 2020 finalist has also started to add more goals to his game, scoring four in 30 appearances in all competitions so far this season. This is already an improvement on his previous top-flight campaigns where he has never scored more than twice.

His value to David Moyes’ side can’t be put into words. And it seems the rest of the footballing world admires the 23-year-old’s talent, with rumours constantly linking him with a move away from East London. However, the Scot recently said he is ‘worth more than £100m’.

‘It’s the reason why we are where we are’

Soucek may have singled out Rice and Bowen for praise in his post-match interview but he also spoke highly of the rest of the squad.

He said: “We are not like individuals. We have a whole squad, maybe 20 players, who are very important. We operate as a team, not as individuals. It’s the reason why we are where we are.’

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‘It’s great [to go fourth] but still, there are a lot of games before the end [of the season], so we cannot watch the table and hope that we will stay there.’

‘These three points are great in the table and now we need to go for more. I hope everyone will be, in the long-term, healthy and ready for these games.”

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