Many West Ham United fans were shocked as it emerged that Tomas Soucek won 17 aerial duels against Burnley on Monday night.
The Hammers were in action against Sean Dyche’s team as they aimed to preserve their hopes of earning a European berth for next season. They went behind to a Chris Wood penalty but a brace from Michail Antonio saw them emerge victorious. The Irons have now moved back up to fifth in the table as they trail Chelsea in fourth by just three points (Sky Sports).
Soucel, valued at £36m by Transfermarkt, started the match and won 17 of his 21 aerial duels – incredibly, no other player won more than eight (SofaScore). That means the Czech international has won 204 such battles throughout the season, which is 37 more than Christian Benteke, the next-best performer in the Premier League for this statistic (WhoScored). Soucek is truly unstoppable in the air, it seems.
Should Soucek win Player of the Year?
These West Ham fans were in awe of the stat, as you can imagine, and they took to social media platform Twitter to share their thoughts.
Let’s see what these fans had to say about Soucek’s feat
“Soucek my hero”
“Are you serious? That’s amazing. The dude’s a machine.”
“@ExWHUemployee @DaveWalkerWHU I know you guys don’t like stats but wow!”
“That’s actually hilarious.”
“Soucek won 17 aerial duels against Burnley. Insane.”
In other news, many West Ham fans want this player signed.
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