Date: 12th March 2021 at 7:40pm
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Dave Walker, the host of The West Ham Way podcast, has been speaking on the latest edition of the show with ExWHUemployee about all things relating to West Ham United.

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General view inside the London Stadium ahead of West Ham v Norwich City

Who did West Ham United face in their opening fixture of the 2020/21 Premier League season?

One of the topics that Walker spent some time covering was the summer transfer window and what he wants to see from .

West Ham have had a brilliant season and are sitting in fifth place just two points behind Chelsea and are in a strong position to at least qualify for the Europa League next year.

However, Walker doesn’t think the squad would be strong enough, and he would particularly like to see cover for and Tomas Soucek.

He said: “I think it’s hard to recruit someone of a certain stature when they’re not going to be playing.

“So, for example, if Soucek or gets injured, that’s my worst fear for West Ham, because they are so integral to everything they’re doing, but as a partnership as well, they’re so important.

“So if one of them drops out, maybe you look at [Mark] , or maybe you look at trying [Pablo] Fornals in the centre of the park.

“But who do you sign that’s decent, that can come into West Ham in that position, and know that he isn’t going to start, because he isn’t going to start.

Do you think West Ham need cover for Rice and Soucek?

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“That’s, for me, the biggest challenge.

“It’s not what areas we’re recruiting because I think they’re relatively obvious. It’s who we bring in that I think is the biggest challenge.”

TIF Thoughts on Walker’s claim…

There is no question that Rice and Soucek have been brilliant this season.

The 22-year-old Englishman averages a fine 7.01/10 rating from WhoScored, while the Czech has scored eight goals and averages a 7.37 rating, so it is clear that they have both been brilliant.

However, they are both natural defensive midfielders, and the Hammers only have Mark Noble as a natural central-midfield player.

He isn’t getting any younger, so they probably could do with another option in there to help cover for Rice and Soucek.

It will be interesting to see what the Hammers do in the summer, but we are focusing on their fantastic season for now.