West Ham signing Alex Kral from Spartak Moscow in the summer now looks like a really strange decision by David Moyes.
The Hammers have an option to buy the 23-year-old midfielder in six month’s time for around £12 million plus add-ons (ExWHUemployee).
Kral has hardly been given a chance to impress by Moyes though.
Sure, the Czech Republic international had Covid but aside from that 10 day spell when he was unable to train, he hasn’t been given a fair crack at the whip by Moyes.
West Ham signing Alex Kral now seems strange
The 23-year-old midfielder has barely seen any action for the Hammers this season.
Kral has only been given 210 minutes action by Moyes this season. Incredibly, 20 Hammers players have played more minutes than Kral so far this season (Transfermarkt).
That list of players includes the likes of Mark Noble (512 minutes), Andriy Yarmolenko (554 minutes) and Arthur Masuaku (591 minutes).
The outlook looks even bleaker for the Czech ace when looking at the Premier League minutes he has been given.
Kral is still yet to play a part in any league game for West Ham so far.
That surely isn’t right. Perhaps Moyes doesn’t trust Kral, and that’s fair enough if that is indeed the case. We trust the Scot implicitly after all.
We think that the 23-year-old has looked decent when he has played though. There are no frills about him, he’s just a very hard-working, solid midfield player.
His lack of minutes goes to show that perhaps Moyes wasn’t keen on signing him in the first place, however.
And every week that passes with Kral getting overlooked just makes the Scot’s decision to bring him to the London Stadium even stranger.