A ludicrous new Vladimir Coufal claim is complete and utter garbage and the West Ham United defensive star is about to prove it.

It did not take long for Coufal to follow in the footsteps of his Czech mate Tomas Soucek by endearing himself to West Ham fans after he joined the club from Slavia Prague for a bargain £5.5 million last year.

Coufal pocketed some of the best players in the Premier League in his debut season and – along with Soucek – was hailed by David Moyes as a key reason behind the shift in professionalism and attitude at West Ham.

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The Hammers are flying again on all fronts this season. But Coufal has had a spell out of the West Ham side with a groin injury.

Ben Johnson has made the right-back spot his own during Coufal’s injury absence.

But the academy graduate will drop out of the side as Coufal steps up his return from his spell out by starting against Genk.

Johnson’s form saw a ludicrous claim made by Caught Offside this morning that ‘Coufal’s West Ham career could be over’.

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Ludicrous new Vladimir Coufal claim is garbage and West Ham star is about to prove it

“He could well find himself completely out of the picture now, after the emergence of 21-year-old Ben Johnson,” Caught Offside reported.

“Given how well Johnson has played since replacing the injured Coufal, unless he himself succumbs to injury, you can’t see a way back into the side for the latter.”

What complete and utter garbage.

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Coufal is one of West Ham’s most influential and experienced players.

And young players always go through peaks and troughs in form. Johnson will be no different.

So Coufal’s influence and importance is not diminished just because he has had a couple of weeks out of the side.

The report is nothing short of laughable.

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And Coufal is about to prove it. He starts for West Ham against Genk in the Europa League on Thursday afternoon and will mean business.

He has never let West Ham down.

And you can put your house on him being one of Moyes’s star players as the Hammers go in search of a victory which will see them win Group H and qualify for the last 16.

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