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.
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.
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.