Winston Reid left West Ham in February to join MLS side Sporting Kansas City on loan.

The 31-year-old had not played a senior game for the Hammers since 2018 due to a serious knee injury.

So he was obviously sent out on loan in order to give him the chance of playing some regular games.

That hasn’t happened, however, due to recent coronavirus pandemic.

West Ham United Training and Press Conference

Winston Reid (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

And David Moyes now has a big decision to make regarding Reid whenever it is that he eventually returns to the London Stadium.

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The 25-capped New Zealand international joined West Ham from FC Midtjylland in the summer of 2010 for around £5 million (Eurosport).

The 31-year-old has made 223 appearances for West Ham, with 166 of those coming in the Premier League.

 

In those league games, Reid has racked up 242 tackles with an incredible success rate of 79%, 348 interceptions and 1,301 clearances (premierleague.com).

He was, and still is, a really popular player amongst the West Ham fans. During his prime, Reid was a real leader at the back for the Hammers. And the east London outfit have really missed his experience and quality over the past couple of years.

West Ham United Training and Press Conference

Winston Reid (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

If the Kiwi returns to West Ham having not played any games for Kansas, however, he will still be woefully short of match practice.

Reid is still under contract with the Hammers until the summer of 2023. So in spite of his shocking record with injuries, West Ham should be able to get a decent fee for him.

Perhaps the east Londoners should just accept that the 31-year-old will never return to the player he once was. Fate seems to be against the centre-back.

Forget sentiment. It’s time for Moyes to get tough.

And it might just be in West Ham’s best interest to move him on when he returns to the club.

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