Former Manchester City defender Richards said on Sky Sports: ”Soucek, he’s like a man mountain in there. His mentality now is a different level.”
Redknapp replied: ”He’s like the Terminator. When he gets knocked down he bounces back up. That’s what you want in your team. He gets a massive cut but gets straight back up. That is Arnold Schwarzenegger. That is what you want in your team.”
The 25-year-old was at his inspirational best throughout the match and made four clearances as the Hammers withstood a late barrage of Spurs pressure.
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Albeit mere quips from Redknapp and Richards, Soucek’s warrior-like spirit has been a major driving force in the West Ham midfield; and his determination to get on the end of crosses, particularly in an attacking sense, has encapsulated the team’s desire to succeed this season.
Soucek tops the goalscoring charts for the Hammers this season and has been nothing short of a revelation since first arriving last January.