West Ham United: Tomas Soucek extends stay at the London Stadium

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West Ham United loanee Tomas Soucek has extended his stay on loan at the London Stadium until the end of the Premier League season.

On Monday, the Hammers revealed that the Czech Republic midfielder has extended his stay on loan from Slavia Prague.

The extension means that Soucek will be staying with the Hammers until the end of the 2019/20 season at least.

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The extension from the Irons comes after the Premier League announced in mid-May that clubs would be able to extend loans and contracts that were expiring at the end of June if all parties were in agreement.

These ‘short-term contract extensions‘ were allowed due to the season’s finish extending beyond the end of this month.

The 25-year-old midfielder signed on loan for the Hammers in January and the club has the option to make the move a permanent one for £13 million (per BBC).

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The decision from the club seems somewhat of a no-brainer with their matches set to run until the end of July (per BBC).

Furthermore, Soucek has proven in the few games he played on loan for the club prior to football in the UK being postponed that he is a capable talent.

Over four Premier League outings for the Hammers so far, the 25-year-old has made himself the eighth-best performer for David Moyes’ side with an average rating of 6.73/10 (per WhoScored).

Should the Hammers make Tomas Soucek's loan a permanent move at the end of the season?

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Soucek has shown his abilities as a defensive midfielder due to his impressive average number of tackles and interceptions over his West Ham appearances.

In the four outings, the Czech Republic midfielder made an average of 2.0 interceptions per game, the second-best in the squad, and also 2.0 tackles, the joint-fifth-best for the Irons.

So, ensuring the club has the player until the end of the season before they decided whether or not to pay £13 million for him seems like nothing but a good decision.

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