Vladimir Coufal is set to receive an improved contract at West Ham, according to reports…
Sky Sports claim that the Irons have opened talks with the 28-year-old’s representatives over a new deal following his impressive debut season in the Premier League.
Coufal’s current £35k-per-week deal isn’t set to expire until the summer of 2023, with the East London side holding an option for a further two years but evidently, he’s going to be rewarded for his fine form this campaign.
The Czech Republic international cost them just £5m last summer and has become one of David Moyes’ star performers.
West Ham have certainly hit the jackpot with Coufal – a cheap, low-risk signing that has paid more dividends than the club could have ever imagined.
He ended his first-ever season outside of his home country as the Hammers’ fifth-best player (6.95), as per WhoScored ratings, with only the likes of fellow countryman Tomas Soucek (7.36), loan sensation Jesse Lingard (7.22) and top goalscorer Michail Antonio (7.17) ahead of him.
Coufal has been an industrious presence along that right flank as he tops the charts for tackles (2.1) and isn’t too far behind for interceptions (1.2) per game either.
His aggressive nature and relentless work rate has drawn praise from teammate and captain, Mark Noble, who described the right-back as a “machine” who “loves football” to ‘That Peter Crouch Podcast.‘
He has also proven to be a major source of creativity further up the pitch, too.
Only Aaron Cresswell (eight) has delivered more assists than the Czech star (seven) and similarly, his defensive counterpart is the only one ahead of him for key passes per game (1.3). He’s even ahead of Lingard, Antonio and Pablo Fornals in that respect, via WhoScored.
It’s no wonder Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher tipped him up as one of the signings of the season, he told Monday Night Football earlier this month [4th May, 22:24pm]:
“I think he’s been one of the signings of the season. 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,” claimed the ex-Liverpool defender.
“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.”
Moyes, the fanbase, and much of the squad can be grateful that the club’s ownership took a punt on the unknown defender last summer. He has been absolutely outstanding this season.
GSB certainly struck gold in unearthing Coufal and rewarding him with another contract is merely another masterclass of a decision from them.