Some West Ham fans suggested on Twitter that David Moyes should have started Ryan Fredericks instead of Vladimir Coufal for tonight’s clash with Fulham.

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Coufal joined the Hammers from Slavia Prague in the summer for around £5.4 million. It seemed like an absolute bargain at the time.

And it has already proven to be exactly that.

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Vladimir Coufal in action (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The Czech Republic international has been an instant hit at the London Stadium. He is tenacious, hard working and offers us so much more than Fredericks does on the whole.

The 28-year-old right-back has kept the 28-year-old Englishman out of the team since he moved to east London.

Most West Ham fans believe that Coufal is a far superior player to Fredericks.

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Ryan Fredericks (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

But some believe that David Moyes should have started the former Fulham man, 28, for tonight’s game against Scott Parker’s side…

 

Fredericks possesses blistering pace. And that speed could have made a difference for the Hammers as they struggled to break down the Cottagers.

It is a hard one to call, because Coufal is undoubtedly a better footballer than Fredericks. But the Manuel Pellegrini signing perhaps would have given us another dimension to our play down the right hand side tonight.

It is what it is. Let’s just hope that Moyes keeps this in mind the next time we play a side who are willing to sit back and soak up pressure.

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