David Moyes will never throw Alex Kral deep into the late game.
However, almost six months after his arrival from Spartak Moscow, the West Ham United midfielder has not even dipped his foot in the Premier League pool.
Kral has played less than a minute of top-flight football so far, his only appearance coming off the bench in the final stages of December’s 4-1 win over Watford.
Until its release, Moyes gives the Czech Republic international a few seconds of action at Vicarage Road It felt more like a belated Christmas present than a show of trust to my poodle.
Perhaps even more worrisome, Kral doesn’t even regularly showcase all that in cup competitions.
He has started just one of West Ham’s six Europa League group stage games and has been left out of recent cup clashes with Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United.
West Ham have the right to sign Kral permanently in June for £12m. For now, you’ll have better odds when the Hammers sell Declan Rice to arch-rivals Spurs.
Does Alex Kral have a future at West Ham?
“The coach and I realized that I gradually had to get used to the pace and style of play we wanted to play,” he said. Kral admitted in October.
“After all, it was something different. For example, in Spartak we play three defenders, here mainly four. I need to know more about the system, the players.
“I need to get used to coaching. (Sessions) are more intense. It was something new, I just had to adapt.”
Three months later, Kral is no longer close to securing a spot in Moyes’ first-team plans.
In fact, you could argue that he’s farther away than ever.
Report from Russia suggests that West Ham are considering a move to buy Dynamo Moscow’s Daniil Fomin, which, meanwhile, doesn’t exactly bode well for Kral’s hopes of a Carlos Teves-style revival in East London.
Two years ago, West Ham seize the opportunity to sign a long-term contract with Tomas Soucek after a fantastic six months on loan at London Stadium.
It looks like history will be increasingly difficult to repeat with another Czech Republic international.
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