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Moyes gets gentle Coufal replacement nudge


By CandH’s top blogger Allen Cummings


Has Germany manager Hansi Flick given a gentle nudge to David Moyes over recent signing Thilo Kehrer – and where the West Ham manager might choose to play him in the not-too-distant future?

Flick moved Thilo from his more frequent centre of defence position to the right back berth for the game against England on Monday – a role he took to with supreme confidence and obvious ease.

With Vladimir Coufal clearly just a shadow of his former self in that role for West Ham so far this season, Moyes may well consider moving Kehrer to the right side of defence for the up-coming game against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the London Stadium on Saturday.

That would allow the fit again Craig Dawson to come back into the team alongside Kurt Zouma, reforming their highly successful partnership of last season.

Ben Johnson has been Moyes’ go-to option when Coufal has been absent. But with the youngster only just recovering from injury – the manager might not want to take the risk on his fitness.

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Kehrer would be a more than adequate replacement for our out-of-salts Czech international. That in turn would allow Dawson to be drafted in to cope with the possible inclusion in the Wolves’ side of new signing Diego Costa.

The Spaniard is a beast of a player who loves to bully opponents – but the experienced and wily Dawson would be more than up to the task of taming Costa on his return to the Premier League.

Kehrer has bucked the opinion that Moyes never plays his new signings right away. He came straight into the side after his signing from PSG in the summer – and has remained a virtual ever present since.

 He’s clearly a favoured player with Moyes, and it’s understood he’s equally popular in the dressing room – as well as being a strong voice within the squad.

He enjoys similar popularity under Flick’s stewardship of the German national side. No player has made more appearances or played more minutes under Flick since he took charge of the team in May last year.

Vladimir Coufal, like his fellow countryman Tomas Soucek, certainly looks as if he could do with a break – a chance to step back from the glare and the action of a difficult start to the season for the Hammers – and given the opportunity to rebuild his confidence and regain the form which made him such a popular and vital ingredient of the team over the past two hugely successful years.

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