West Ham United could be set to call time on Vladimir Coufal’s career at the club…
As per journalist Pete O’Rourke, the Czech Republic international seems to be moving towards an exit following rumours that Bayer Leverkusen are interested.
He told Football FanCast:
“It does seem things are pointing to a potential exit for Coufal, who has been a good player for West Ham.
“When they first signed him he was a solid right back for them, but he’s struggling for game time this season with Thilo Kehrer playing at right back, even though he’s predominantly a centre back as well.
“So that probably shows where he has found himself slipping down the pecking order at the London Stadium this season.”
Although he enjoyed a fine start to life in east London, his form has admittedly withered with each passing season.
Boasting a seven-assist debut campaign, he and Tomas Soucek were revelations as David Moyes reaped the rewards of Slavia Prague’s recruitment.
However, that number would drop to just four assists the season following, and as O’Rourke mentioned, the likes of Kehrer and even Ben Johnson have been preferred to the 30-year-old.
This drop off has also been noted in his average ratings, which have fallen from a respectable 7.01 in his first season to 6.78 of late, with his crossing accuracy having plummeted alongside, from 26% to just 12%, via Sofascore.
Given their apparent desperation to sell, rumours have since swirled linking them to potential replacements, with Celtic’s Josip Juranovic the latest to be mentioned.
With his side sitting just one point from the relegation zone following his vast summer overhaul, it is clear that Moyes is keen on bolstering his squad once again in January.
To do this he must make some sacrifices, and with his stock having fallen of late, it seems like Coufal is the unfortunate but probably viable candidate for the chopping block.