Rice talks about his midfield partner Soucek: "Soucek is a great player. Although he doesn't speak English yet, he has done a great job on the court. During the game, I formed a lot with him. Tacit understanding, I will delay, and then let him insert the penalty area to participate in the attack, he also scored a few key goals at the end of last season." Soucek is 25 years old. He joined West Ham from the Czech League Slavia Prague team last season and was elected the 2019 Czech Footballer of Football.