CandH exclusive by Hughie Southon
West Ham boss David Moyes has contract decisions to make about a handful of players as they head towards into the final months of their contracts – notably at right back.
Vladimir Coufal sees his deal expire in June 2023 and although the club hold a two-year option, the Czech is now 30 years old so a younger back up could well be required regardless.
That in turn will depend on whether Ben Johnson decides to agree a new deal and as we revealed yesterday the club have been unable to come to an agreement with his representatives!
Harrison Ashby remains on the squad, but he too is refusing a new deal with the general view being that he could be off to Newcastle where Eddie Howe shares the same agent as the youngster.
Aaron Cresswell – who is 33 years old in December – also sees his deal runs out in 2023 but has no option attached to his current contract.
It seems certain that skipper Declan Rice will be on his way with the club ready to entertain offers whilst at the back Moyes will need to think about another keeper with Lukasz Fabianski approaching 38 although a new deal won’t be out of the question.
2 of the names mentioned are young promising talented players brought through our academy. They are our own. One is wanted by Newcastle.
Why on earth can we not keep and develop our own talent ?
Something Is wrong at the club
i think Moyes is running the players into the ground season in season out. After pre-season players’ comments was all about how gruelling the training was from all the running. No comments about skills, learning new tactics, nothing. The same lead players expected to carry all the mental responsibilities and physical workloads for a 3rd season in a row with no relief in site and no support by using the excessive workload as a reason to fully involve the any of the best U23s (by fully, I mean regularly playing 30+ mins and being a real squad player, not cameos). Take Soucek for example, everyone says he is running on empty now and last season – Downes played a blinder in Europe, our midfield looked classy with neat, tight passing through the midfield area (a first!), but against Everton same old setup, Downes out, players below par (Soucek, Coufal, … which can happen) thrown back in and then Moyes says “old guard” let him down. Just how unaware can you be?
Sorry. forgot to mention going along with Tez, that I think disillusionment amongst the old guard and the intermediate U23s (those who could be squad players) is growing because of comments in my previous post. Same with Tuchel at Chelsea where you saw all their seasoned players getting out and leaving Chelsea asap, due to imposed style of play and disillusionments.