When Tomáš Souček was signed by West Ham United on loan in January of the 2019/2020 season, we were excited by the prospect of having another defensive midfielder come into the squad.
Little did we know, this Czech Terminator would single-handedly change the entire atmosphere and mindset of the current West Ham squad, and be the living and breathing embodiment of what David Moyes wants to turn this football club into.
This past Sunday at the London Stadium, as blood ran down Souček’s head and onto his face after a violent collision on a Spurs corner kick, it was almost symbolic of West Ham’s incredible season thus far.
Tomáš Souček is creating a warrior mentality and spirit of fighters and believers at West Ham United.
When you try to sum up the kind of team that West Ham United have been over the past couple of years as they have scrapped around the relegation zone of the Premier League, it is really hard to find the words for who they were.
In some matches we would defend well but lack end product, and sometimes we would score 4 but concede 5. You never knew what you were going to get.
This Hammers squad is different. They are warriors, fighters, and believers.
Getting ahead to every cross, putting their bodies on the line for crucial tackles, and goal-line clearances left, right, and centre defending their goal as if their lives depended on it. This is the new West Ham United, the West Ham United that Tomáš Souček has helped create.
This is a group of players that are together. There is no player in the squad more important than anyone else, this is a team. The comradery on this squad is unlike anything I have seen in my entire life.
As we head into the last 13 matches of the Premier League campaign, the Hammers currently find themselves in 4th place in the league, a Champions League position.
Regardless of how this season ends, however, I think it is important for us as a fanbase to just appreciate what is going on at the club. This is not a one-off season, it’s the beginning of a transformation.