Tomas Soucek has been backed to ‘succeed in the Champions League with West Ham’ by Czech Republic manager Jaroslav Silhavy.
Soucek has emerged as one of the signings of the season after joining West Ham on a permanent basis last summer, scoring nine Premier League goals to help fire the Hammers into contention for a top-four finish and Champions League qualification.
David Moyes’ side have been the surprise package of the Premier League campaign and currently sit fifth in the division, two points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea in the race to secure a place amongst Europe’s elite.
Soucek is currently with the national side and has helped the Czech Republic get off to a strong start in World Cup qualification, scoring a hat-trick in a 6-2 win over Estonia last week before captaining the side to a 1-1 draw with group favourites Belgium.
Silhavy has been impressed with the midfielder’s performances since moving to the Premier League and believes Soucek has the ability to shine in the Champions League should West Ham secure qualification this season.
“Tomas plays very well in the Premier League. I am really not surprised because he is really hard working,” he said as per The Sun.
“He’s already played in the Champions League for Slavia Prague and was very good – but now he is even better.
“So I am convinced he can succeed in the Champions League with West Ham too.”