Tomas Soucek ‘going nowhere’ and is ‘very happy’ at West Ham, insists coach Stuart Pearce amid Manchester United transfer talk
West Ham star Tomas Soucek is ‘going nowhere’ this summer, first-team coach Stuart Pearce has insisted to talkSPORT, saying he is ‘very happy’ at the London club.
The midfielder has been a revelation for West Ham since joining the club initially on loan in January 2020, before signing permanently last summer.
He has quickly become a key figure in David Moyes’ team, not only for his commanding presence in the middle of the park but also for his talent in the opponents’ box.
The Czech Republic international is primarily a box-to-box player but has shown his eye for goal by finding the net nine times in the Premier League this season, and continued his impressive form with a perfect hat-trick for his country in a 6-2 win over Estonia on Wednesday night.
A number of pundits have commented that the Hammers will struggled to keep hold of the 26-year-old this summer, with Jamie O’Hara telling the talkSPORT Breakfast Soucek would ‘walk into Manchester United’s team’.
But Pearce also joined Thursday’s show and shut down the transfer rumours, insisting Soucek is going nowhere.
Quizzed on the inevitable speculation over his future at the London Stadium, Hammers coach Pearce told talkSPORT: “No, he’s happy here and he’s not going anywhere, that’s for sure.
“He’s been brilliant here, I’ve got to say. Dave brought him into the club in January of last and since then he’s just been brilliant.
“He’s got a wonderful attitude to work, on his days off he comes in to work, he’s just really an absolute pleasure to work with.
“As a man he is top quality. He and Soufal, the two Czech boys, they’ve both been brilliant.
“And Tomas can be a handful, too. England will face Czech Republic in the [Euro 2020] group stages and his ability in both boxes if very, very good.”
“And more importantly it’s his game time, when he’s getting game time he’s a really good player.
“West Ham has been good for him and he’s been good for West Ham, it’s fair to say.”