Coufal Set for Record Run !

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With the Premier League season just 75 days away, West Ham United find themselves with a familiar face at right-back – Vladimir Coufal. Although questions linger about his attacking contributions.

Coufal, a dependable defender, is on the cusp of a club record. He needs just 35 more appearances to surpass Tomas (red card) Repka for most games played by a West Ham outfield player without a goal in the Premier League era. A full season as the starting right-back would see him achieve this feat.

William Cope (1914-1922): Holds the all-time record with 258 appearances, though a significant portion came during wartime (not typically included in official statistics).
Alfred Earl (1925-1932): Peacetime record holder with 206 appe arances.
Charlie Walker (1936-1946): Tied with Repka for third on 188 games, but his career also spanned wartime.
Keith Coleman (1973-1977) and Danny Gabbidon (2005-2011): More recent right-backs with over 100 appearances without a goal.

While Coufal offers experience and defensive solidity and despite a few assists, his lack of attacking threat is a concern in the modern game. Modern full-backs are expected to contribute significantly in both halves of the pitch.

West Ham, with relatively limited resources in this transfer window, might have to rely on Coufal’s experience for another season. This allows them to address other pressing needs within the squad.  The club’s long-term ambitions will require a player who can offer both defensive stability and attacking creativity down the flank.

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  • Morty says:

    Danny Gabbidon was a central defender

  • Morty says:

    Vlad had a number of assists this season

  • D.f.butcher says:

    As far as I’m concerned he couldn’t stop a pig in an alleyway?

  • Jackie says:

    Coufal had second highest number of assists by a Premier League defender last season. Consistent player …v underrated…always gives 100 per cent.

  • Wayne says:

    I do wonder if people do actually watch our games at times.

    But personally, glad he will still be with us next season.

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