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Kral question has no answer

Alex Kral’s lack of minutes at West Ham does not appear to have a rhyme or reason.

The midfielder was signed in the summer in a deal that saw the Hammers bring in some real support for both Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek.

Alex Kral

Of course, both Rice and Soucek are undisputedly David Moyes’ first choice if both men are fit.

But Mark Noble is regularly used in cup competitions, in the Europa League, and can come off the bench too.

Kral, of course, has been ill with COVID but he has still struggled to actually force his way into the team.

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He’s a full Czech Republic international and is very clearly a gifted midfield player. But he’s yet to play a single minute of Premier League football; he’s played five minutes in the Europa League; his only full game has come in the EFL Cup.

Moyes clearly has a group of players that he trusts to go into bat for him.

But how can Kral win his trust if he simply doesn’t play? But if he isn’t trusted, when will he play? It’s a chicken and egg situation and it doesn’t appear to have any kind of easy answer.

Kral, though, surely deserves some sort of shot to prove what he can do, otherwise he’s just going to be watching on from the sidelines for the rest of the season.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

6 comments on “Kral question has no answer

  1. Don’t think there’s any drama here. Moyes typically waits a long time before “trusting” players lacking PL experience. He works in training, gets used to the level of football and gels with the squad. I expect to see more of him 2nd half of the season and years to come. Being on the pitch is not the only way to prove his way in..

  2. Is it confirmed he has recovered from Covid or has he got long covid?

  3. Moyes and his coaching staff see Kral every day in training. By now they will be aware of his strengths and weaknesses – and know what he needs to work on. I trust their judgement.

  4. I’ve had enough of moaning, whining, second-guessing the manager and forensically going over every decision he makes or doesn’t make.
    Moyes has earned my trust and Kral will play when Moyes picks him, as simple as that.

  5. Last week we were overpowered in MF. With so many games coming up Moyes could go with a 3 man MF (Rice, Soucek and Kral) in a 4-3-2-1.

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