Irons signing goes down with worst – how did it happen?

If anybody has any idea at all why David Moyes decided to sign Alex Kral on loan with an option to buy will they please let us know.

There have been some unmemorable arrivals at the club down the years but Kral will most certainly go down with the worst of them.

It’s now be widely reported – unsurprisingly – that the defensive midfielder will be returning to Spartak Moscow at the end of the season after featuring in just one minute of Premier League action.

Moyes will obviously have taken a good look on the training pitch and  won’t have been impressed although it’s extraordinarily difficult to work out why he was brought in with a £17 million option to buy in the first place.

After finding huge success with Coufal and Soucek, West Ham signed Kral in the summer, who left Prague for Spartak Moscow in 2019. However, it’s been a disaster.

How he was ever signed in the first place is a mystery and in fact pretty worrying as how players can be brought in and be given no more than 60 seconds of action.

A very strange one indeed.


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11 comments on “Irons signing goes down with worst – how did it happen?

  1. If I were Alex Kral, I’d put in a transfer request from Spartak Moscow. Like ASAP!

  2. Has the Player been given the chance to even play a full game. ? I have seen him make England’s attack work hard in the past. So it suggests you need to work with him and at least give him a chance. You can impress if you don’t play games. George Best was often either missing from training or not impressive, but in games was brilliant. How many of the other Players would be any good with hardly any football ? Damn it if you can try Masuaku, you can try anybody in a game.

  3. Our current policy of “try before you buy” has worked well then!

  4. Like Pessimist, I can’t get how Masuaku is a shoe-in but Kral can’t get 10 minutes,. If he is worse defensively than Arthur then he can barely stand.

  5. Why not just let the manager manage. There’s obviously a reason why he’s not being played.

  6. I would say it was not the worse signing and for 2 reasons firstly he had proven himself but just may not be suited to the pace of the PL and secondly it was a loan signing. I would consider the signing of Fredericks as a far worse signing even though there was no transfer fee involved it cost us a fortune in salary, also Wilshere was up there as well. So I think the club did well here to bring a international in on loan and see was he suited to the PL. I would say the signing of Vlasic for the fee we paid is a far more damming signing and at this moment in time he looks like a player who will also not cut it in the PL but the astonishing thing here is that Moyes should have known that as he failed to make and impact at his old club Everton.

  7. Another weird Moyes signing. He really makes me wonder at times.

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