Former Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny has labelled the criticism of West Ham’s Tomas Soucek from his national media ‘a joke’.
The Hammers ace represented the Czech Republic in their 4-0 drubbing at home to Portugal in the UEFA Nations League at the weekend.
Vladimir Coufal put in a solid display, ranking first for tackles and interceptions among his teammates, according to SofaScore, while ex-Iron Alex Kral outshone Soucek in the engine room, putting in a shift that saw him make more clearances and win more duels (5/5) than any other member of the side.
Following the defeat to Portugal, Czech outlet Seznam Zpravy called the 6 ft 4 in ace ‘completely useless,’ which hasn’t sat well with Kenny.
He told Football Insider: “For your own papers to call you useless is a disgrace.
“He’s not useless. Players have bad games. Everyone in the world has had a bad day at work, we are all human beings at the end of the day.
“I’m not having that for one minute, it’s a joke. Your own papers too. On West Ham, they faded away at the back of last season, it started then.
“Last year they should have bought a striker and things might have looked better. I think it’s a snowball effect.
“They haven’t been the West Ham we have seen of last year and it’s not just Soucek. A lot of the players haven’t improved.”
Indeed, Soucek isn’t the only player not performing at the London Stadium.
With a 7.07 average SofaScore match rating, Soucek is West Ham’s second-best performer this term, behind Declan Rice, but he will be hoping to wave off recent criticism in order to ensure his side get a much-needed three points at home to Wolves on Saturday evening.