West Ham vs Freiburg: Tomas Soucek backs 'incredible' David Moyes amid questions over his future

West Ham vs Freiburg: Tomas Soucek backs 'incredible' David Moyes amid questions over his future

West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek has talked up the “incredible” job being done by manager David Moyes.

Questions continue to come over whether the Scot, 60, will stay at the club next season ahead of his contract expiring. Moyes has revealed that a new deal is on the table, but he is yet to decide whether to sign it.

Despite winning the Europa Conference League last year, a torrid run of form through January and most of February led to some fans calling for Moyes to walk in the summer.

But Czech Republic international Soucek has lauded the work done by his boss, including this season with West Ham seventh in the Premier League table and competing to reach the Europa League quarter-finals.

"You can see the results, what he has done, finishing sixth and seventh in the Premier League," he told reporters ahead of Thursday’s clash with Freiburg.

"Now we are in Europe three times in a row for the first time in the club's history.

"The job he has done is incredible. I am so happy I could be part of that, to help to create history. The manager does an important job and I think he has done very well the last few years and this year as well."

Moyes is hoping to rally his West Ham players to overcome a one-goal deficit in the last-16 tie.

The Hammers knocked out Sevilla in similar circumstances in the 2021-22 season when Soucek levelled the aggregate score in the first half before Andriy Yarmolenko struck the winner in extra-time.

“It's going to be tough, but we've done it before, and we have to do it one way or another,” he said.

“Our focus is only on how we win, and the performance that we need to put in to do that.

“The biggest memory of a similar situation was against Sevilla, who had won the competition many times. We overcame that challenge, but Freiburg are a good team.

“This one is important because we have to win to get through, and we'll do our best to do that."

He added: “We've got good experience from games like that, but we've also got lots of internationals in the team now as well.

“I think we're all still learning with every game in this competition, and we'll do everything we can to get through to the quarter-finals.”