Declan Rice is almost certain to receive a suspension at some point over the next month or so and it could finally be the chance Alex Kral needs to prove he’s good enough for West Ham and the Premier League.

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The 22-year-old Hammers ace is the most important player David Moyes has at his disposal at the London Stadium.

We missed him badly when he was injured during the latter stages of the season last term.

West Ham need Rice to be fit and firing on all cylinders this season, just like he has been, if we are to crack the top four.

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Declan Rice of West Ham United (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

There will obviously be the odd game here and there where he will miss out though.

Declan Rice suspension looming, time for Alex Kral to step up

The Hammers midfielder has picked up four bookings during our first 12 Premier League games so far this season.

The threshold for a suspension is five yellow cards and that doesn’t change to 10 until the 18-match mark.

So the likelihood of Dec not picking up a yellow card in our next six games is slim to say the least.

Let’s be honest though, even if he doesn’t, he quite simply will not be able to play every single game over the course of the next six weeks.

West Ham face 12 games in a 37 day period.

It will be Alex Kral’s time to step up and be counted.

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Alex Kral in action of West Ham United (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Rotation throughout the busiest period of the season is what having a good squad is all about.

The 23-year-old Czech midfielder has hardly played for us this season. When he has played, he’s done fairly well.

 

He quite simply needs more games though in order to prove to Moyes that he has what it takes to make it at Premier League level.

The Hammers have an option to buy the 23-year-old midfielder next season for around £12 million plus add-ons (ExWHUemployee).

As things stand, he hasn’t done enough to justify a permanent transfer to West Ham.

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Perhaps he will be given the big chance he needs if and when Rice receives his one-game suspension.

Either way, Kral needs to step up and be counted sooner rather than later.

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