West Ham put aside transfer frenzy as Tomas Soucek and Michail Antonio behave familiarly

West Ham put aside transfer frenzy as Tomas Soucek and Michail Antonio behave familiarly

West Ham put aside transfer frenzy as Tomas Soucek and Michail Antonio behave familiarly

Known faces came forward for West Ham against Tottenham (Getty Images)

Known faces came forward for West Ham against Tottenham (Getty Images)

It’s not easy, when the Premier League’s new best thing is already racking up hat-tricks like normal people racking up supermarket bags for a lifetime.

But with England’s six-month mind loss festival just hours away and with plenty of clubs lining up for the proverbial late tram ride, it’s worth each and every one of them to take a moment to appreciate what may already be. sitting in the closet at home.

Tottenham and West Ham have made 15 additions between them so far this summer, with the possibility of more coming on deadline day and understandably much of the analysis of their respective potential this season has been framed through the prism of that. that those could bring the newcomers.

But this was a night for old dogs and old tricks.

A devastating Tottenham counterattack, the kind so regularly inflamed by the frightening backs whose brilliance got them ready for the Champions League last season, opened the scoring.

West Ham responded and earned a well-deserved point thanks to Tomas Soucek, who equalized with the kind of goal that was his calling card in his first 18 months in East London, brilliantly prepared by Michail Antonio, a pillar necessary of the last two seasons, whose place in David Moyes’ XI is perhaps more directly threatened by summer arrivals than any other.

The hosts had produced their best half hour of the season to start this derby, going within inches of the opening of the scoring when Antonio found Hugo Lloris’ far post with a nice curler, so it was almost in line with the Tottenham campaign scheme so far when, against the game rush, they hit first.

Michail Antonio was inches from getting the goal his performance deserved (Action Images via Reuters)

Michail Antonio was inches from getting the goal his performance deserved (Action Images via Reuters)

Trouble was in sight from the moment Declan Rice raided the area, pushed the first half of a one-two ghost inside and received no return. Dejan Kulusevski charged away, Harry Kane somehow kept pace, and only Thilo Kehrer’s toe in his own net denied Heung-min Son a drought-ending goal from the Englishman’s cross in the middle.

Antonio may not even have been in the starting lineup here if Italian center forward Gianluca Scamacca hadn’t fallen ill after making his league debut at Aston Villa on Sunday.

However, the Jamaican watched him from the first minute and his superb touch, shimmy and flick was perfectly synchronized on Soucek’s wheelie path. The midfielder fired from behind Lloris, whose weakness in ball possession cost him the quick shot the Spurs were caught dozing off, and Moyes’s men were deservedly in line.

The introduction of West Ham club record Lucas Paqueta elicited an ovation almost as big as that for the Czech’s goal, but he missed a golden opportunity to win it when a mess with new boy Emerson didn’t. saw neither of them come into contact with Vladimir Coufal’s retirement.

It felt like the old guard had instead stepped forward again, at the end of cooldown, but when Jarrod Bowen hooked on the door, somehow neither Antonio nor Soucek were able to put the finishing touches as he moved to side.

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