West Ham boss David Moyes has a lot of work to do in the January transfer window this month.
The Scot needs to bring a centre-forward and a centre-back to the London Stadium as a matter of urgency before the transfer window slams shut.
The Hammers are flying high in fourth spot in the Premier League at the moment.
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Sure, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United all have games in hand over us, but they’ve still got to win them.
West Ham still have a great chance of finishing inside the top four. That is contingent on our ability to make two or three quality additions in the January window though.
However, it won’t all be about top-class incomings. There are clearly players who have offered nothing at the London Stadium so far this season.
The likes of Andriy Yarmolenko, Ryan Fredericks and Arthur Masuaku face uncertain futures with the Hammers. There is someone else we think Moyes should consider getting rid of as well though.
West Ham boss David Moyes has a lot of work to do in the January window
Alex Kral joined the Hammers on transfer deadline day in the summer on a season-long loan from Spartak Moscow.
West Ham have an option to buy the 23-year-old midfielder in six month’s time for around £12 million plus add-ons (Daily Mail).
The signing of Kral now seems like a completely baffling one though.
The Czech Republic international has made just five appearances for the Hammers so far this season. He’s been given a total of just 210 minutes and has seen just one minute of Premier League action (Transfermarkt).
Kral did have Covid earlier in the season but that only kept him out for 10 days or so. David Moyes is clearly not sold on Alex Kral.
If he was he would have played him in the Carabao Cup clash with Tottenham or our FA Cup tie against Leeds at the very least.
The 23-year-old has looked decent when he has played for West Ham this term.
He is a very harder worker, is tenacious in the tackle and goes about his business in a fairly no-nonsense manner.
The problem with Kral is that he seems to be very one-dimensional. He rarely breaks the lines with his passing and doesn’t seem to have the best technical ability when in possession of the football.
It could be argued that his job is to just win the ball and move it on to the more technically gifted players. At the same time though, considering the fact that he is on loan at West Ham and trying to earn a permanent deal at the London Stadium, he really needs to be doing more.
Moyes simply hasn’t given him enough chances to do that though. If the Scot doesn’t fancy Kral, then he should just move him on this month and bring in someone better before the transfer window closes.
David Moyes has made some brilliant signings since his return to East London. As things stand though, the addition of Kral has to go down as one of the worst moves he’s made in the transfer market.
The 58-year-old should make that right now. There’s no value in waiting until the summer and no shame in admitting when you’ve got something wrong.
West Ham can clearly do a lot better than Alex Kral. And Moyes has a real opportunity to upgrade upon his central midfield options over the next two weeks or so.