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West Ham boss Moyes: I do want more from Soucek

West Ham boss David Moyes is concerned about Tomas Soucek's lack of goals.

Soucek, who has been a revelation since joining the Hammers in January 2020, scored 10 goals last season but has just the one to his name so far this term from 13 appearances, finding the back of the net at Newcastle in August.

Soucek has played in a slightly deeper position this season as Declan Rice has pushed on and contributed in front of goal with four in all competitions.

"I want more from him but he's had two narrowly ruled out for offside with two VAR decisions," said Moyes.

"He had a header a few weeks ago I thought he should have scored from and he didn't, but at the moment Dec's stepping up with the goals so that's helped us and that's covered us a little bit.

"But I think Tom, I believe by the end of the season will still have got to his target, we'll still have got goals from Tom come the end of the season and I think it will settle down a little bit more.

"We've been a little bit more hard passing and build up and Tom has been involved in that rather than just sort of making the box at times and getting on the end of things. So we've got to try and benefit from both. We've got to try and get him involved in the build up but also got to try and get him on the end of crosses which is not always the case."

Soucek had to step up at the end of last season due to an injury Rice picked up on international duty in March, meaning his schedule has been relentless ever since - especially with the Hammers in Europe - and it appears to have taken a bit of a toll.

"I don't disagree," said Moyes. "He may just may just be down a little bit, a notch, but this is a boy who's played in the Euros or plays every game for the Czech Republic.

"He plays every game for us, we rest him when we can and he's a boy told who I've you, they have come in, the two Czech boys have come in with unbelievable appetite and energy and excitement. I've seen bits of Tom where he's just been a bit ponderous in bits of his play. But overall he's such an asset to us."


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