West Ham manager David Moyes is facing a potential nightmare at the London Stadium.
As revealed by Sky Sports last week, first-choice defender Vladimir Coufal is ‘becoming increasingly frustrated’ at the Irons’ hierarchy as negotiations over a new deal rumble on.
The 28-year-old Czech international has emerged as one of Moyes’ star players, having excelled at right-back on their way to qualifying for the Europa League.
WhoScored graded him fifth-best in the squad with an average rating of 6.95. No Irons player averaged more tackles per game (2.1) than Coufal, whilst he wasn’t too far behind in assists (seven), interceptions per game (1.2) and key passes per game (1.3) either.
His performances throughout the year earned plenty of glowing endorsements, including one from Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football pundit Jamie Carragher, who dubbed him “one of the signings of the season” (4th May, 22:24pm, via HITC).
“We talk about [Tomas] Soucek, but Coufal whether it’s right wing-back or right full-back at different times, he’s just one of those players that’s 7/10 minimum every time you watch him play. He’s the type of player you’d love to play with him. A manager’s dream, never injured, he’s there week in week out.”
Currently earning around £35k-per-week in East London, you could argue that the £12.5m-rated right-back has earned the right to gain a considerable increase on his salary, but it’s evident that GSB aren’t pulling out all the stops.
This should hardly come as a surprise as another one of Moyes’ standout performers is getting the same treatment in Declan Rice.
“This is because the contract offers have been below what [Andriy] Yarmolenko is currently on, what [Javier] Hernandez was on and other well-paid players. For the player to stay at the club and turn down big moves, the pay needs to reflect his ability,” he claimed.
The Hammers’ ownership are leaving Moyes in a nightmare situation with their reluctance to stump up the cash for their leading stars. The last thing the 58-year-old needs is several members of his starting XI feeling frustrated off the pitch.
It also gives the London Stadium faithful more ammunition against the board, against whom they have actively protested in recent years, whilst recent talk of a potential takeover has seen many wanting GSB out the door.
This latest update on Coufal will only leave them even more furious as West Ham struggle to tie down their best players.
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