West Ham player Vladimir Coufal has allegedly been sent a clear message by David Moyes that he is no longer needed at the club.
That’s according to Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth who has told Give Me Sport that the 30-year-old Hammers defender has fallen well down the right-back pecking order under Moyes at the London Stadium.
Coufal was brought to the Hammers for around £4 million in October 2020 (The Sun).
Initially, he made such a promising start to life at West Ham and looked like an incredibly good value for money signing.
The 30-year-old has regressed badly over the past year or so though.
Ben Johnson, Thilo Kehrer and even Harrison Ashby are probably all ahead of Coufal now. And a London Stadium exit could very well be on the cards for the 34-capped Czech Republic international in January…
West Ham player sent a clear message by Moyes, he’s no longer needed
Coufal’s current contract with the Hammers expires in the summer of 2023. The club do have the option of extending that deal by a further two years through.
Dharmesh Sheth has explained to Give Me Sport why it’s unlikely that he will be hanging around that long in East London though:
If you look at the stats, seven Premier League starts this season, the likes of Ben Johnson have started ahead of him at right-back, but I think more significantly, when Nayef Aguerd was injured at centre-back in pre-season, West Ham United brought in Thilo Kehrer. I think he was predominantly brought in as a central-defender, but what has transpired is he’s ended up playing right-back. If that’s not a message to Vladimir Coufal that he’s not part of the plans, I don’t know what is.
It really wouldn’t be a surprise if Coufal was shipped out in January.
He’s just not the same player anymore, and given the fact that he’s now 30, it’s highly unlikely that he will improve.
Gone is the player who absolutely dominated attackers like Jack Grealish and Heung-Min Son last season.
The 30-year-old right-back is a shadow of his former self…at both ends of the pitch I might add.
West Ham player Vladimir Coufal has been sent a clear message by David Moyes that he’s no longer needed at the London Stadium, according to Dharmesh Sheth.
And I tend to agree with him.