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West Ham duo Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek were hailed as “the best midfield partnership in the Premier League” after the Hammers climbed to fourth place on Tuesday night

talkSPORT host Jason Cundy believes there is currently no better pairing in central midfield in the top division after they “dominated” the Hammers’ win over Crystal Palace

David Moyes’ side continued their brilliant form when they scored a 3-2 win at Selhurst Park to extend their unbeaten run to eight games and move into the top four

West Ham’s 21-year-old captain Rice controlled the center of the park while Soucek continued his season in the suburbs with a double, scoring his record for second through seven goals to make him the club’s joint top scorer

And even former Chelsea and Tottenham defender Cundy had to admit that they are one of the strongest duos in the entire top division

The Sports Bar host said, “Soucek and Rice, is there a better match in the Premier League right now in the middle of the park?

“I’m throwing it out there because someone came out and said Douglas Luiz and John McGinn at the Aston Villa, and I like these two I’ve been making it public for a while that I like Villa’s back”

“But I looked at Soucek and Rice … Rice was excellent [against Palace], he absolutely dominated midfield, canceled attacks, started attacks

“Soucek has a great engine, he can go up and down and he has goals – he equalized and the second goal was a brilliant piece of individual skill

Former West Ham star Trevor Sinclair fully agreed with Cundy’s testimony, saying that Rice’s performances this season have shown why it is so important for the club to keep him amid a possible retreat Chelsea

“Declan Rice looks like he’s going to be sticking with West Ham now, he’s a 21 year old captain and he’s absolutely gorgeous

“Soucek is the club’s joint top scorer He has next to no money and is a breath of fresh air”

“He’s a humble player and person, he takes off his socks, box to box, old school and the way he influences the final third and attacks for West Ham was brilliant”

Soucek has become a key player for the East London club since arriving from Slavia Prague West Ham is paying just £ 19million for 2020 Czech Golden Ball winner in a smart deal

And he was celebrated for his effect in the club Former Hammers striker Carlton Cole said he was one of the best newcomers in the Premier League with Bruno Fernandes

“The proud Soucek is probably one of the best newcomers to the Premier League this season,” he told the talkSPORT Breakfast

“Of course Bruno Fernandes was incredible for Manchester United, but when you talk about the impact on a team, Soucek is definitely in that conversation”

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