West Ham have had another unpleasant night. They were destroyed by Newcastle 5-1 at their own stadium and Tomas Soucek played most of the game. He was one of the worst players on the pitch and once again received criticism not only from the fans.
The Hammers have a difficult end of the season ahead of them. They have only five points more than the last Southampton, with Bournemouth, who hold the 18th, the last relegation position, on the same points. They just have a game in hand.
On Wednesday night they could have gone out in front of their home fans and tried to stop a rampant Newcastle, but they didn’t. On the contrary. The Magpies destroyed West Ham 5-1 in London.
Coach David Moyes once again fielded one of the most criticized players of recent days. Tomas Soucek played 63 minutes in the match and his performance could not please anyone.
For example, WhoScored made Soucek the third worst player of the match with his grades. The former Slavie captain was given a 5.8 rating, only goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski (4.7) and defender Nayef Aguerd (4.8) were worse.
Soucek under fire from critics
As Tomas Soucek was a huge favourite and almost an idol of West Ham fans until relatively recently, it is now quite the opposite. Coach David Moyes is the one most criticised for constantly putting him in the starting line-up.
The midfielder brings nothing extra to the team. The number of passes he has gotten in recent games is trivial. And 52% of successful passes in the Southampton game? No wonder the fans are angry.
Moreover, in comments on social media, some fans mention that even teammates don’t trust Soucek at all and so prefer not to pass the ball to him, which is reflected in the number of passes he makes.
That he is criticized after a loss? That is still understandable. But he was also criticised after the win over Southampton. And some fans feel sorry for Moyes for putting him in the position of coming under fire for criticism, even though he is seen as a great professional.
Source: WhoScored, Premier League, Twitter
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