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Major decision on way over Hammers midfielder

By Dave Langton

West Ham are going to have to make a big decision over Conor Coventry this summer.

The Hammers’ midfielder has struggled for minutes throughout his time at the London Stadium, and has only ever managed to make three first-team appearances for the club.

He is currently on loan at MK Dons and is actually the second highest-capped Republic of Ireland U21 international in history.

Coventry has a contract that expires in 2023 and his future has been brought into sharp focus by the fact that the midfield is set to be transformed in the summer.

Alex Kral is set to go back to Spartak Moscow, Mark Noble is retiring, leaving holes so it’s a case of whether the manager will trust him to take his chance or not!

Terry Westley, his old academy coach, has previously tipped him to go to the very top and actually succeed Noble.

With his future uncertain, David Moyes will have to make a call over whether to blood him in the first-team next season or risk losing another midfielder who will eventually need replacing.

With so much to do this summer, surely it makes sense to give Coventry a go!

Don’t wanna se a Josh Cullen situation all over again!

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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.

3 comments on “Major decision on way over Hammers midfielder

  1. Josh Cullen wasn’t good enough during his time with the club to push aside the existing midfielders……. and the question is, will Conor Coventry be better than the likes of Rice, Soucek, Fornals, Lanzini, Benrahma and Vlasic next season?

  2. Here’s hoping he gets a shot. Being ultra cautious all the time leads to missed chances. Remember the buzz when we used to introduce several young players every year! What if Slav had never given Dec a go? Ben Johnson playing top level in two positions at 21!! We have a great crop busting to get minutes right now!!!

  3. Cullen never was given a chance. Now he’s the main stay of the Irish midfield. He main problem was he never really assisted or scored at U21 level. Coventry IMHO is a better all round player.
    He is more agile,links better and has scored some great goals all be it at U21level.
    The club errored by sending him to a poor Peterborough team struggling from the start.
    Moyes is far to cautious with the youngsters. I recall when we were safe at the end of his first season he didn’t introduce one young player.
    Nearly every PL club has introduced young players the season.
    It’s Moyes stubbornness to do this which is alarming. That and his terrible substitutions in the main.
    As many have pointed out he’ll rather play the useless pair of Masuaku and Frederick’s which has held us back .

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