Trevor Sinclair was full of praise on TalkSport when he was talking about Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek.
It was yet another impressive performance from West Ham when they kicked off their latest European adventure on Thursday evening when they travelled to Dinamo Zagreb and recorded an impressive and comfortable 2-0 victory.
Who is better?
Rice has enjoyed an impressive 12 months, becoming an England regular who featured in every one of the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 games alongside Kalvin Philips and is now West Ham captain when Mark Noble is not on the pitch, whereas Soucek is proving himself to be a bargain buy at just £15m with 14 goals to his name so far during his time at the club.
Sinclair heaped praise on the duo whilst speaking on TalkSport (1:46):
“I know there’s a bit of controversy with him [Rice] once appearing for the Republic of Ireland, but he’s made his mind up, he’s gone to the English side, and I think he’s conducted himself brilliantly.
“I’ve said it last season. We were talking about this exact fixture, and I said Rice and Soucek would walk into the Manchester United team.
“I don’t think the two holding midfielders or the three holding midfielders would walk into the West Ham team. I think they’re probably as good as you’re going to get in the Premier League at the moment.”
TIF Thoughts on Rice and Soucek…
Rice and Soucek are usually deployed as holding midfielders as that allows the likes of Pablo Fornals, Said Benrahma and Jarrod Bowen to flourish in the final third. However, Rice has expressed his desire to add more goals to his game and he certainly did that with an impressive solo effort against Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday.
For Soucek, he has made a name for himself in the Premier League for being a solid central midfielder, and in his first full season in England, the Czech Republic international racked up 83 tackles, the joint-13th most in the entire league (FBRef) but he is also renowned for being a threat in the opposition’s box with the goals that he has scored.
Just what the future holds for the duo is anyone’s guess, but given what they can bring to the table, it’s fair to say they will be crucial to West Ham United moving forward as a team.