Jamie Carragher criticised Vladimir Coufal after his poor performance for West Ham United against Leicester City yesterday evening.
The 29-year-old Hammers right-back has been in absolutely woeful form since returning from a groin injury towards the end of last year.
Coufal was a revelation for West Ham after moving to the London Stadium for around £5 million in October 2020 (The Guardian).
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The Czech Republic international was absolutely brilliant for the Hammers last season. It seemed as though David Moyes had secured a real coup for the East London outfit by signing him for just £5 million. It now looks like he may have just been a one-season wonder, however.
Coufal has regressed badly this season and seems to be an absolute shadow of this former self.
Jamie Carragher slates West Ham United ace’s display vs Leicester City
Yesterday at the King Power Stadium, the Hammers somehow managed to scrape a 2-2 draw. Coufal’s performance was arguably his worst ever in a West Ham shirt.
He was absolutely run ragged by Harvey Barnes throughout the entirety of the match.
Every single time the Leicester attacker moved forward with the ball, Coufal was on the back foot and his appalling defending played a huge part in the Foxes’ second goal.
And Carragher told Sky Sports (February 13th, 6:48pm) how the fear of continually getting beaten by Barnes played a part in Vlad’s shocking performance:
“Coufal had a really poor second-half, it was the right decision to bring him off. Whether it was tiredness or fear because of what Harvey Barnes had done to him throughout the game, I don’t know.”
Coufal surely needs to be taken out of the firing line for a few games.
Ben Johnson has been excellent this season and is more than deserving of his place in the starting XI.
Coufal’s fall from grace has been a drastic one and it really is rather alarming how much he has regressed since the end of last season.
Hopefully it’s just a small blip and Vlad rediscovers his best form sooner rather than later.
Because West Ham are undoubtedly a better team when the Czech Republic international is firing on all cylinders.