The Irons paid Slavia Prague around £4m to acquire Soucek’s services on loan in January 2020 and went on to pay a further £14.5m to make the move permanent last summer.

 

Soucek has established himself as a key member of David Moyes’ team since his arrival last year, scoring ten goals from 37 Premier League appearances this season, matching Nolan’s tally from 2012/13.

 

 

The 26-year-old’s tally of ten goals is the most by a West Ham midfielder in a single campaign since Nolan, who is hopeful that he breaks his record in the Irons’ final game of the season against Southampton.

 

The West Ham legend and first team coach feels Soucek has proven to be a bargain at £19m and hailed the midfielder’s impact at the club before warning England to be wary of the Czech Republic international at the forthcoming European Championship.

 

 

For £19 million it looks like a snip now for what he’s done“, Nolan told The Athletic.

 

He’s a lovely lad, he’s great to work with and he always wants to learn.

 

 

Tomas is one of those players who always find themselves in those positions, which I used to do.

 

Sometimes it’s just a natural instinct.

 

He’s the first player since me to score ten league goals and we had a chat about it the other day.

 

He’s in touch with what’s going on and I told him, ‘I hope you beat my record.’

 

He’s had a great impact and England should be aware of him this summer.

 

Soucek’s form for West Ham this season has seen him being linked with a move away from the club and with the transfer window fast approaching it remains to be seen if the midfielder will be the subject of serious interest.