West Ham United have seemingly been looking for a set of new full-backs for a good year now, with Aaron Cresswell and Vladimir Coufal having certainly passed the peak of their powers.
The latter in particular has experienced a sharp decline following his seven-assist debut season, where he marked himself as a dynamic defender with immense quality when he would find himself in a crossing position.
However, that has dropped to just four last season, and this season David Moyes has often preferred the youth of Ben Johnson or even a centre-back in Thilo Kehrer to the Czech Republic international.
At 30 years old, his time may be up at the London Stadium, with rumours persisting that a fee of just £6m will be enough to see him leave.
His replacement could already be lined up by the Scottish manager, as earlier this week 90min reported that Celtic defender Josip Juranovic has impressed those at the east London outfit. It seems that any progress is balanced on Coufal’s willingness to be pushed out of the door.
In the Croatian, the Irons would be gaining someone three years younger than his counterpart who boasts a wealth of Champions League experience and a winning mentality.
Although this season he only boasts two goal contributions, last season across two different clubs he sustained six goals and four assists. He does rank in the top 4% for progressive passes, which is imperative for the modern fullback.
His exploits in Scotland would draw praise from John Hartson, who labelled him “outstanding” and “a really effective player when he gets forward in the box”.
With Juranovic entering his prime years and Coufal exiting them, it seems a no-brainer to switch these two around and gain an instant boost of dynamism down the right flank.