West Ham’s chances of tying Vladimir Coufal have been boosted by one of David Moyes’ moves on deadline day…
Back in July, Sky Sports claimed that the Czech Republic right-back felt let down by the Irons’ initial contract offer after joining on a three-year deal in October 2020 in a £5m deal from Slavia Prague.
It was thought that Coufal felt his level of performances since arriving in east London were not being fairly reflected, though he does want to remain a Hammers player. He is thought to earn around £35k-per-week currently.
According to club insiders Claret & Hugh, talks with the player are still ongoing at this stage, with the 29-year-old in line to receive a major wage hike – and they believe he has even been buoyed by the addition of his international teammate Alex Kral, who joined the Irons on Tuesday.
This will come as a huge boost to the Scotsman and everyone around the London Stadium, as Coufal has been one of the squad’s standout performers since joining a year ago.
For example, the £13m-rated Czech star was among West Ham’s top-five highest-rated players as per WhoScored figures for the 2020/21 campaign, where he averaged a squad-high 2.1 tackles, on top of 1.2 interceptions and 1.3 key passes per game, and registered seven assists.
Evidently, Coufal plays a major role at either end of the pitch in Moyes’ system, so it’s no wonder they want to tie him down to an extension.
“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.”
Meanwhile, current teammate and club captain Mark Noble described Coufal as a “machine” to ‘That Peter Crouch Podcast’ back in May.
The Hammers now have three Czech Republic internationals in the squad, all of whom were once together at Slavia Prague, so that will certainly help them all settle down in east London, as well as bolstering the morale and camaraderie in the dressing room.
Whether it was intentional or not remains to be seen, but Moyes’ deadline day call has massively boosted West Ham’s chances of keeping hold of one of their best players in Coufal.
The Irons faithful should be absolutely elated by this.