Tomáš Souček is one of the five busiest players in the field of the entire Premier League. Even though he was popular with “Hammer” fans, there were rumors that Coach Moyes might be overwhelming him because it was starting to affect his performance on the pitch. On Wednesday, he lost a long series of 68 league matches in a row. And reason? The Czech “Iron Man” was overtaken by a covid.
Souček started the first league match for West Ham on February 1, 2020 against Brighton. Subsequently, he was also present in heavy battles on the Manchester City and Liverpool courses, where he suffered a muscle injury and limped off the field in the 48th minute. He did not start the next match against Southampton.
A week later, however, he managed to put in a heap when, in the London derby at Arsenal, he jumped on the pitch in the 81st minute from the bench. He didn’t stop defeating his team 0: 1, but even so, West Ham fans were happy to have their favorite back, and they had no idea what series of matches the Czech midfielder had just started.
Since then, Souček has not been missing from the Hammers starting lineup in the Premier League even once and was only replaced this season against Everton in the 77th minute. He also did not finish the match last season against Fulham, when he saw a red card in the 97th minute, but the disciplinary commission subsequently canceled it for him, so there was no penalty.
The potato salad lover was only twice as free from David Moyes in the busy schedule. For the first time in the Carabao Cup against Manchester United, when the “Hammers” won 1-0 without and without his help, and then in the European League against Dinam Zagreb, but West Ham was basically nothing, because he already had some progress to the next stage from first place in the group.
It was against Manchester United, in which Tomáš Souček was absent, who was given the opportunity for the first time by Alex Král, who transferred to London from Spartak Moscow. But it was a swan song for the former Slavia and Teplice players, because since then he has only had a chance for one minute against Watford.
He thus has completely opposite worries than Souček, whose series of 68 Premier League matches in a row ended in Wednesday’s match against Norwich. The reason is the covid-19 illness, but even without him, his team managed the last team in the table 2-0 after Bowen’s goals.
Even so, the Czech midfielder is the fifth busiest player in the entire competition, having played 1,788 minutes. Only his teammate Declan Rice, Chelsea stopper Antonio Rudiger, Brentford defender Pontus Jansson and Crystal Palace defender Tyrick Mitchell have more players in the field.
West Ham also dealt with Souček in the FA Cup with Leeds: